In this paper, the authors report rationally designed, innovative tri-layer flexible transparent conductive electrodes (TCEs) fabricated via thermal deposition. The proposed structure improves transparency compared with that of the traditional tri-layer electrode (dielectric/metal film/dielectric) by using metallic grid patterns (dielectric/metal grids/dielectric). The obtained MoO3/Ag grids/MoO3 TCEs show low sheet resistance and good mechanical properties. The sheet resistance of the proposed electrodes is 5.88 Ω/square and the transmittance reaches 76.5%, which are better than those of conventional MoO3/Ag film/MoO3 electrodes (6.12 Ω/square, <70%). The mechanical properties are significantly improved compared with those of MoO3/Ag film/MoO3 in the bending test under both tensile and compressive stress. The surface features of the MoO3/Ag grids/MoO3 TCEs were measured using the contact angle method to calculate the surface energy and polarity. The polarity is 0.5-0.26, which is better than those of indium tin oxide (0.35) and MoO3/Ag film/MoO3 (0.5-0.0058) electrodes for 0-800 bending cycles. The proposed flexible transparent electrodes show good optical, electrical, and mechanical characteristics and have potential for application in optoelectronics.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physics and Astronomy(all)