Solution-processed metal nanowire mesh transparent electrodes

Nano Lett. 2008 Feb;8(2):689-92. doi: 10.1021/nl073296g. Epub 2008 Jan 12.


Transparent conductive electrodes are important components of thin-film solar cells, light-emitting diodes, and many display technologies. Doped metal oxides are commonly used, but their optical transparency is limited for films with a low sheet resistance. Furthermore, they are prone to cracking when deposited on flexible substrates, are costly, and require a high-temperature step for the best performance. We demonstrate solution-processed transparent electrodes consisting of random meshes of metal nanowires that exhibit an optical transparency equivalent to or better than that of metal-oxide thin films for the same sheet resistance. Organic solar cells deposited on these electrodes show a performance equivalent to that of devices based on a conventional metal-oxide transparent electrode.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Computer Simulation
  • Computer-Aided Design
  • Crystallization / methods
  • Electric Conductivity
  • Electric Wiring / instrumentation*
  • Equipment Design
  • Equipment Failure Analysis
  • Macromolecular Substances / chemistry
  • Materials Testing
  • Metals / chemistry*
  • Microelectrodes*
  • Models, Chemical*
  • Molecular Conformation
  • Nanostructures / chemistry*
  • Nanostructures / ultrastructure*
  • Nanotechnology / instrumentation*
  • Nanotechnology / methods
  • Particle Size
  • Solutions
  • Surface Properties


  • Macromolecular Substances
  • Metals
  • Solutions