Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 54, Issue 7, pp 5802–5812 | Cite as

Flexible silver nanowire transparent conductive films prepared by an electrostatic adsorption self-assembly process

  • Boda Zheng
  • Qingsheng ZhuEmail author
  • Yang Zhao


In this work, we reported a facile approach to fabricate silver nanowire (AgNW) networks on flexible substrates. Through immersing the modified poly (ethylene terephthalate) with positively charged functional group into the AgNW dispersion with anionic dispersant, a flexible AgNW transparent conductive film was formed by electrostatic adsorption self-assembly process. Even without a post-treatment process, the as-prepared flexible AgNW films exhibited excellent optoelectrical property, low surface roughness and high reliability. It was shown that the insulating dispersant on AgNWs could be effectively removed by an ion bombardment method and then greatly decreased the sheet resistance of AgNW networks. Because of the nature of spontaneous adsorption, this preparation method can be suitable for an arbitrary shaped substrate, which will broaden the application of AgNW conductive films in optoelectronic devices.



This study was financially supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), under the Grant No. 51471180, and Science and Technology Program of Shenyang, under the Grant No. F16-205-1-18.

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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Shenyang National Laboratory for Materials Science, Institute of Metal ResearchChinese Academy of SciencesShenyangChina
  2. 2.School of Materials Science and EngineeringUniversity of Science and Technology of ChinaShenyangChina

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