As foldable and wearable displays start reaching the market, these devices will have to be able to bend without cracking.
Andrew Moon, C3Nano Director of Sales and Marketing05.13.19
New generations of electronic devices are demanding new functionality in display materials. While traditional displays have been rigid and non-interactive, new displays will be highly interactive as well as flexible, foldable and even stretchable. This is generating unprecedented opportunities for new advanced materials. Silver Nanowire-based inks and films are emerging as the dominant candidate to replace indium tin oxide (ITO).
In this article, we’ll look at the limitations of ITO in meeting future demands for display materials and see how silver nanowire-based films are being adopted and gaining significant traction. ITO and other brittle metal oxides are the preeminent transparent conducting materials in a wide variety of applications from smartphones and tablets to touch sensors, OLED lighting, OLED displays, EMI shielding, smart windows, E-paper, LCDs and solar cells (see figure 1). However, these applications have conventionally been planar and rigid.
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