This New Transparent Film May Revolutionize Productivity Of Electronics & Solar Cells

By Soutrik Das | May 08, 2017 04:56 AM EDT

Thick film-like products having conductivity has been one of the greatest breakthroughs in the field of electronics. Although, not many instances have been witnessed in this genre throughout the last couple of year. But a new innovation, invented recently, can now be considered as a benchmark in this segment. A team of researchers from the University of Minnesota has claimed to create a transparent nano-scale thin film alike material with the highest-ever conductivity, which can turn out to be extremely fruitful in terms of faster electronics and better solar batteries.

According to Phys.Org, most of the film alike materials having conductivity have lesser bandgaps. But this new thing, has a greater bandgap, equipping it to be transparent on its surfaces. The group of researchers regarded this characteristic of the material as incredible as more bandgaps usually cause lesser conductivity.

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The material, being transparent, completely follows the opposite quality as Bharat Jalan, Professor, University of Minnesota chemical engineering and materials science and the lead researcher on the study said "The high conductivity and wide bandgap make this an ideal material for making optically transparent conducting films which could be used in a wide variety of electronic devices, including high-power electronics, electronic displays, touchscreens and even solar cells in which light needs to pass through the device."

Science Daily noted that usually in transparent conductivity based materials which are utilized as electronics a chemical element named Indium is used. But with the higher demand for such materials the costing of Indium also raising high gradually, which stimulated the researchers to make a substitution of it. After going through a vast process the team invented a product boasting a BaSnO3 thin film or barium stannate (combining barium, tin, and oxygen), by replacing the tin with a chemical precursor of it which is more reactive and dedicated to improving metal oxide formation process.

Barium and tin are abundantly available elements and comparably cheaper than Indium. Thus this new transparent material with most effective conductivity can prove to be a brilliant resource for numerous electronics.

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