Printable, Transparent, and Flexible Touch Panels Working in Sunlight and Moist Environments
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|Julkaisu||Advanced Functional Materials|
|DOI - pysyväislinkit|
|Tila||Julkaistu - 29 lokakuuta 2014|
The ongoing revolution of touch-based user interfaces sets new requirements for touch panel technologies, including the need to operate in a wide range of environments. Such touch panels need to endure moisture and sunlight. Moreover, they often need to be curved or flexible. Thus, there is a need for new technologies suitable, for example, for home appliances used in the kitchen or the bathroom, automotive applications, and e-paper. In this work, the development of transparent and flexible touch panels for moist environments is reported. A piezoelectric polymer, poly(vinylidene difluoride) (PVDF), is used as a functional substrate material. Transparent electrodes are fabricated on both sides of a PVDF film using a graphene-based ink and spray coating. The excellent performance of the touch panels is demonstrated in moist and underwater conditions. Also, the transparent device shows very small pyroelectric response to radiative heating in comparison to a non-transparent device. Solution processable electrode materials in combination with functional substrates allow the low-cost and high-throughput manufacturing of touch panels using printing technologies.