Electrospun Metal Nanofiber Webs as High-Performance Transparent Electrode

Hui Wu, Liangbing Hu, Michael W. Rowell, Desheng Kong, Judy J. Cha, James R. McDonough, Jia Zhu, Yuan Yang, Michael D. McGehee, Yi Cui

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Transparent electrodes, indespensible in displays and solar cells, are currently dominated by indium tin oxide (ITO) films although the high price of indium, brittleness of films, and high vacuum deposition are limiting their applications. Recently, solution-processed networks of nanostructures such as carbon nanotubes (CNTs), graphene, and silver nanowires have attracted great attention as replacements. A low junction resistance between nanostructures is important for decreasing the sheet resistance. However, the junction resistances between CNTs and boundry resistances between graphene nanostructures are too high. The aspect ratios of silver nanowires are limited to ∼100, and silver is relatively expensive. Here, we show high-performance transparent electrodes with copper nanofiber networks by a low-cost and scalable electrospinning process. Copper nanofibers have ultrahigh aspect ratios of up to 100000 and fused crossing points with ultralow junction resistances, which result in high transmitance at low sheet resistance, e.g., 90% at 50 Ω/sq. The copper nanofiber networks also show great flexibility and stretchabilty. Organic solar cells using copper nanowire networks as transparent electrodes have a power efficiency of 3.0%, comparable to devices made with ITO electrodes. © 2010 American Chemical Society.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4242-4248
Number of pages7
JournalNano Letters
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 13 2010
Externally publishedYes


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