Cambrios Technologies Corporation and Heraeus have announced a new class of hybrid, transparent, conductive materials made of silver nanowires and conductive polymers.
Combining ClearOhm® silver nanowires with Clevios™ PEDOT:PSS conductive polymer creates a new hybrid "one layer solution" resulting in the highest conductivity coupled with an ultra-smooth surface. The new Clevios™ HY family of products will have superior conductivity on flexible substrates, faster transmission and greater flexibility. They will be used in touch screens, OLED lighting, photovoltaics, smart windows and flexible displays. This new technology supersedes the expensive ITO vacuum sputtering process. Clevios™ HY ink formulations use cost-effective coating and printing processes that are best suited for high-volume manufacturing.
"The companies' materials are complementary and ideally suited for the 'touch age'," said Dr. Wilfried Loevenich, head of innovation at Heraeus New Businesses. "The Clevios HY range with its high conductivity and excellent smoothing properties will outperform the competition."
"This partnership and the unique hybrid transparent conductor replaces ITO," Said Dr. Rahul Gupta, senior director of business development at Cambrios. "It opens new channels for our materials as well as enables applications in emerging growth markets."
Top image of silver nanowires: UC Berkeley