Applied Surface Science, Vol.429, 151-157, 2018
Recyclable patterning of silver nanowire percolated network for fabrication of flexible transparent electrode
Recent studies have revealed that silver nanowires (AgNWs) are a promising material for highly flexible transparent electrodes. Here we introduce a novel photoinduced recyclable approach to AgNW patterning to overcome the issue of loss of material during fabrication of AgNW patterns, which is a leading factor in the high fabrication costs of AgNW-based electrodes. Our patterning scheme involves the selective irradiation of an AgNW/polymer composite with high-intensity pulsed light, followed by immersion of the sample in a liquid and an ultrasonication treatment. The nanowires that detach during sonication could be recycled, and the recycled AgNWs achieved comparable performance to that of pristine AgNWs. The recycled AgNWs were also superior to commercial indium tin oxide films and other competing materials. We successfully demonstrated a high performance transparent heater by employing the recyclable patterning method and recycled AgNWs. (C) 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.