A practical approach to the development of inkjet printable functional ionogels'bendable, foldable, transparent, and conductive electrode materials

Joseph T. Delaney, Albert R. Liberski, Jolke Perelaer, Ulrich S. Schubert

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    Ionic liquid gels, or ionogels, are semi-conductive, flexible materials, offering a host of tunable physical properties, gaining an increasing level of scientific interest. One of the challenges of this emerging category of materials is that the structure-process-property relationships are still empirically driven. In this study, a simple, practical approach is laid out to prepare standardized libraries of these materials, for the purpose of selecting transparent, flexible conductive formulations that can be dispensed using inkjet printing. The net result of this was the optimization of a PEG-DMA ionogel formulation exhibiting an optical transparency that was greater than 94% from near-UV to near-IR from a 150μm thick films, and a resistivity of 12.4·m. Conductive, colorless, and highly transparent thin films of ionogels were prepared by using PEG-DMA and an ionic liquid. The resulting films showed an optical transparency >94% from near-UV to near-IR and a resistivity of 12.4 ·m. These ionogel films may find applications as transparent, flexible conductors for electronic applications.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1970-1976
    Number of pages7
    JournalMacromolecular Rapid Communications
    Issue number22
    Publication statusPublished - 15 Nov 2010



    • ionic liquid gel
    • ionogels
    • paper electronics
    • reactive inkjet printing
    • transparent electrodes

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Organic Chemistry
    • Polymers and Plastics
    • Materials Chemistry

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