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Small. 2013 Mar 11;9(5):733-7. doi: 10.1002/smll.201201904. Epub 2012 Nov 1.

Transparent nanowire network electrode for textured semiconductors.

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  • 1Institute for Advanced Materials (IAM), South China Academy of Advanced Optoelectronics, South China Normal University, Guangzhou 510006, China. gaojw@scnu.edu.cn


This work presents an inexpensive and easily manufacturable, highly conductive and transparent nanowire network electrode for textured semiconductors. It is based on lines of silver nanoparticles transformed into a nanowire network by microwave or furnace sintering. The nanonetwork electrode on crystalline silicon is demonstrated experimentally, with the nanoparticles self-assembling in the valleys between the pyramids of the textured surface. Optical experiments show that this conductive nanowire network electrode can be essentially 'invisible' when covered with the conventional anti-reflection coating (ARC), and thus could be employed in photovoltaic applications.

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