Synthesis of dimension-controlled silver nanowires for highly conductive and transparent nanowire films

Ho Seok Lee, Yeon Won Kim, Jong Eun Kim, Sung Woon Yoon, Tae Young Kim, Jin Seo Noh, Kwang S. Suh

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High-quality silver (Ag) nanowires with specific dimensions were synthesized by a polyol method with detailed control of the synthesis conditions. For the same amount of AgNO3, the Ag nanowire density became higher as the nanowire diameter decreases and the length increases. This trend was replicated in Ag nanowire films coated on poly(ethylene terephthalate) films and higher densities of Ag nanowires and their junctions were observed in thinner and shorter nanowire networks. Nanowire films with a low sheet resistance (<100 Ω sq-1) and a high transmittance (>90%) resulted from thin, long Ag nanowires. A modified percolation model, which emphasized the importance of the nanowire junction density, was in good agreement with the experimental observations. Meanwhile, long Ag nanowires were found to be undesirable in respect of their uniform coating over a large area. These results offer important design rules of Ag nanowires for highly conductive and transparent nanowire films.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)84-90
Number of pages7
JournalActa Materialia
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Jan 15

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was financially supported by the Korean Small and Medium Business Administration(S2151923).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2014 Acta Materialia Inc.


  • Nanowire dimensions
  • Nanowire films
  • Sheet resistance
  • Silver (Ag) nanowires
  • Transmittance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Metals and Alloys


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