We show that invisible Ag nanowire (AgNW) electrode pattern can be directly fabricated on plastic substrate using a laser. Our method, which is fundamentally based on the Rayleigh instability, is to block the current flow in selected areas by cutting nanowires. AgNW film spin-coated on a polyethylenetherephthalate substrate was selectively irradiated using a nanosecond-pulsed laser beam to produce a patterned structure consisting of spatially separated conducting and insulating regions. Since the laser-cut nanowires remain on the substrate, the electrode pattern fabricated by this approach can be invisible. Although Ag nanowires were instantaneously heated above 220 °C by the laser beam, a very short exposure time of 10− 3–10− 4 s prevented the substrate from being damaged.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Surfaces and Interfaces
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films
- Metals and Alloys
- Materials Chemistry