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Advance could bring commercial applications for silver nanowires

New research shows wrapping silver nanowires, which are promising for applications such as flexible displays and solar cells, with an ultrathin layer of carbon called graphene protects the structures from damage and could represent a key to realizing their commercial potential. (Purdue University photo)
Silver nanowires hold promise for applications such as flexible displays and solar cells, but their susceptibility to damage from highly energetic UV radiation and harsh environmental conditions has limited their commercialization. Gary Cheng, an associate professor of industrial engineering at Purdue University, works on the project with other researchers.

 

Silver nanowires hold promise for applications such as flexible displays and solar cells, but their susceptibility to damage from highly energetic UV radiation and harsh environmental conditions has limited their commercialization.

New research suggests wrapping the nanowires with an ultrathin layer of carbon called graphene protects the structures from damage and could represent a key to realizing their commercial potential.

"We show that even if you have only a one-atom-thickness material, it can protect from an enormous amount of UV radiation damage," said Gary Cheng, an associate professor of industrial engineering at Purdue University.  

Related Link: http://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/releases/2015/Q4/advance-could-bring-commercial-applications-for-silver-nanowires.html