Journal of Inorganic Materials ›› 2019, Vol. 34 ›› Issue (1): 49-59.doi: 10.15541/jim20180243

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Synthesis, Optimization of Cu Nanowires and Application of Its Transparent Electrodes

Xiao WANG, Ran-Ran WANG(), Liang-Jing SHI, Jing SUN()   

  1. Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 200050, China
  • Received:2018-05-25 Revised:2018-07-24 Online:2019-01-21 Published:2018-12-17
  • About author:WANG Xiao. E-mail:


As the continuous development of the photovoltaic industry and the flat panel display devices, the demand for transparent electrodes is increasing rapidly. The most commonly used transparent conductive material, ITO, was criticized for its brittleness, which limited its application in the up-and-coming market. Cu nanowire transparent electrodes acts as promising candidate for the new generation of transparent electrodes due to their superior conductivity, low cost, easy accessibility and high flexibility. The synthesis of Cu nanowires and their application in transparent electrodes has drawn lots of attention. Progresses have been made in recent years. A comprehensive elaboration of the controllable synthesis of Cu nanowires through liquid synthesis methods and the mechanism behind them, the fabrication and post-treatment methods of Cu nanowire electrodes, the application of Cu nanowire electrodes in photovoltaic devices, transparent heaters and flexible devices are given. The trends of Cu nanowire electrodes is proposed.

Key words: Cu nanowires, transparent electrodes, controllable synthesis, post-treatment, photovoltaic devices, heaters, flexible and wearable devices, review

CLC Number: 

  • TQ174