Research Council Officier, National Research Council Canada
A Versatile Low Temperature Curing Molecular Silver Ink Platform for Printed Electronics
Xiangyang Liu*, Arnold J. Kell, Chantal Paquet, Olga Mozenson Thomas Lacelle, Bhavana Deore and Patrick Malenfant Security and Disruptive Technologies, National Research Council Canada, 100 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, ON K1A 0R6 Canada
The development and sale of conductive silver flake-based inks remains one of the most profitable areas within the printed electronics (PE) industry. However, the volatility of the silver market is a concern for conductive ink manufacturers, so cost effective alternatives that can minimize the amount of metal used to produce a functional trace are actively being investigated and developed in order decrease costs. Here we present a simple formulation containing a silver compound that provides a screen printable ink capable of producing traces with thicknesses under 1 micometer, linewidths as narrow as 42 μm separated by 38 μm and excellent electrical properties (22 μ·cm) following thermal sintering at temperatures of 120 °C on PET substrates. The molecular ink is also quite versatile, enabling the metallization of common textile threads and allowing their incorporation into applications where the threads can serve as wires to power LEDs driven by a wearable electronic platform. The silver traces derived from the silver ink also demonstrate impressive stretchability on both metalized latex/polyester threads and as printed traces on thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) substrates, where the threads/traces remain conductive up to strains as high as 126%. The ability for the traces produced from the silver molecular ink to maintain conductivity as they are strained/stretched also enables their incorporation into structural and in-mold electronics applications, where conductive 3D traces can be produced through a simple thermoforming process. Together these results represent a significant advance for the PE industry
Dr. Xiangyang Liu is Research Council Officer, National Research Council Canada, where he has been developing conductive ink for printed electronics application and quantum dots and applications. He has extensive research experience in organometallic chemistry, organic synthesis and material chemistry. His recent activities including low temperature silver conductive ink for wearable and in-mold electronics application. He holds a PhD in organometallic chemistry. He co-authored 37 publications and 6 patent applications.
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