A highly conductive and transparent solution processed AZO/MWCNT nanocomposite

Ian Y.Y. Bu, Matthew Cole

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A solution processed aluminum-doped zinc oxide (AZO)/multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWCNT) nanocomposite thin film has been developed offering simultaneously high optical transparency and low electrical resistivity, with a conductivity figure of merit (σDCopt) of ~75-better than PEDOT:PSS and many graphene derivatives. The reduction in sheet resistance of thin films of pristine MWCNTs is attributed to an increase in the conduction pathways within the sol-gel derived AZO matrix and reduced inter-MWCNT contact resistance. Films have been extensively characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffractometry (XRD), photoluminescence (PL), and ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) spectroscopy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1099-1104
Number of pages6
JournalCeramics International
Issue number1 PART A
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2014


  • C. Electrical properties
  • Carbon nanotubes
  • Nano composites
  • Oxides
  • Sol-gel methods

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Process Chemistry and Technology
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry


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