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Water-based isotropically conductive adhesives: Towards green and low-cost flexible electronics

Authors Yang, Cheng
Lin, Wei
Li, Zhongyu
Zhang, Rongwei
Wen, Haoran
Gao, Bo
Chen, Guohua View this author's profile
Gao, Ping View this author's profile
Yuen,Matthew Ming Fai View this author's profile
Wong, Chingping
Issue Date 2011
Source Advanced functional materials , v. 21, (23), 2011, p. 4582-4588
Summary This paper reports the first high-performance water-based isotropically conductive adhesives (WBICAs) - a promising material for both electrical interconnects and printed circuits for ultralow-cost flexible/foldable printed electronics. Through combining surface iodination and in situ reduction treatment, the electrically conductivity of the WBICAs are dramatically improved (8 × 10-5 Ω cm with 80 wt% of silver); moreover, their reliability (stable for at least 1440 h during 85 °C/85% RH aging) meets the essential requirements for microelectronic applications. Prototyped applications in carrying light emitting diode (LED) arrays and radio frequency identification (RFID) antennas on flexible substrates were demonstrated, which showed satisfactory performances. Moreover, their water-based character may render them more environmentally benign (no volatile organic chemicals involved in the printing and machine maintenance processes), more convenient in processing (reducing the processing steps), and energy economic (thermally sintering the silver fillers and curing the resin is not necessary unlike conventional ICAs). Therefore, they are especially advantageous for mass-fabricating flexible electronic devices when coupled with paper and other low-cost substrate materials such as PET, PI, wood, rubber, and textiles. © 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.
ISSN 1616-301X
Language English
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