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Title: Electro-mechanical behaviour of indium tin oxide coated polymer substrates for flexible electronics
Author: Potoczny, Grzegorz A.
ISNI:       0000 0004 2720 1005
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2012
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Highly conductive (3.0 - 5.0 x 10 \(^{-4}\) \( \Omega\) cm) and transparent (80 – 85% ) ITO films were successfully fabricated on glass and polymer substrates (PET, PEN and PC) by pulsed laser deposition at low temperatures (24 – 150 °C). The influence of deposition conditions on the structural and physical properties of ITO-coated glass substrates was studied. The samples were investigated using Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), X-Ray Diffraction (XRD), the fourpoint probe and a spectrophotometer. Sol-gel derived ITO films dip-coated on glass substrates were also studied. The optimum film obtained at a firing temperature of 600 °C had a resistivity of 1.8 x 10 \(^{-2}\) \( \Omega\) cm, and optical transmittance of 80%. The electro-mechanical behaviour of ITO/polymer systems was investigated under uniaxial tension and controlled buckling in tension and compression. The resistance changes were monitored in situ. Cracking and buckling delamination failure modes were observed for all samples investigated at critical strains raging from 2.8 to 3.4%, and from 7.0 to 8.0%, respectively. The results showed that the dominant critical failure mode depends on the applied stress conditions. The ITO/PEN samples showed high flexibility; the samples were buckled in tension down to a 2.6 mm radius of curvature before cracks start to occur.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: TN Mining engineering. Metallurgy ; TP Chemical technology ; TS Manufactures