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Scientists use silver nanowires to make LCD screen electrodes


A new method for making transparent electrodes in LCD screens could replace more expensive indium tin oxide ones (ITO).

The silver nanowire electrodes made by researchers at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) are flexible and highly conductive, and overcome the limitations associated with ITO.

‘In this work, we demonstrate a simple and effective solution method to achieve highly conductive AgNW composite films with excellent optical transparency and mechanical properties,’ said team leader, Prof Yang Yang of UCLA. ‘This is by far the best solution: a processed, transparent electrode that is compatible with a wide variety of substrate choices.’