New materials could replace traditional transparent conductive oxides such as indium tin oxide (ITO).
ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science06.10.20
Australian researchers have demonstrated the strong potential for a new type of flexible, recyclable electrodes to be used in creating cheaper solar cells, touchscreens, wearable ‘e-skins’ and next-generation responsive windows.
These materials, made using simple, cost-effective fabrication processes, could replace traditional transparent conductive oxides such as indium tin oxide (ITO), which is a necessary component of almost all thin-film solar cells, laptop screens and smartphone displays, but which is steadily rising in price due to its scarcity and is inherently limited by its brittle nature.
In addition to cheaper, high-efficiency photovoltaic solar cells, computer displays and smartphone touch screens, household energy bills could be slashed in the long-term, with the electrodes potentially able to be used in manufacturing smart windows, which can electrically shift color and become opaque or transparent.
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