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Flexible Electrodes for Methods of Manufacture Thereof

This invention is a method of fabricating flexible transparent electrodes consisting of gold, silver or platinum metallic nanostructures. This method results in formation of flexible electrodes with in-planesinusoidal wavy nanowire network structure with enhanced tensile and optical properties.

Applications

  • Wearable devices
  • Flexible optoelectronics
  • Epidermal electronics
  • Bio-integrated medical devices

Problems Addressed

  • Traditional transparent electrodes are made of indium tin oxide thin films which are brittle with poor flexibility
  • Newer materials like graphene, carbon nanotube films and metallic materials have limited optical transmittance

Competitive Advantages

  • High stretchability with 3X more tensile strength
  • High performance in cyclic stretching (100% strain and 100,000 cycles)
  • High optical transparency over a broad wavelength (30-300nm)

Patents

Provisional Patent Application filed