Optically Transparent Nanocomposites

Abstract

Flexible circuit boards are ubiquitous components in electronic products, and eventually the substrate of image displays will soon be made of flexible materials as well. Plastics are prospective candidates due to their inherent flexibility and optical qualities, but they also present large thermal expansion. The expansion of the substrate has to be compatible with those of the active layers deposited on it, to avoid damages during the thermal cycles involved in the display manufacture. One way to reduce the thermal expansion of plastics is to reinforce them with nanofibers, without significant loss of transparency. Nanofibers are available in large amounts in the form of cellulose in nature, being produced by plants and animals. Here some of the researches to produce optically transparent composites based on natural nanofibers for use in flexible displays are presented and discussed.

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Title
Optically Transparent Nanocomposites
Book Title
Handbook of Polymer Nanocomposites. Processing, Performance and Application
Book DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-45232-1
Chapter DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-45232-1_68
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  • Jitendra K. Pandey Send Email (1)
  • Hitoshi Takagi Send Email (2)
  • Antonio Norio Nakagaito Send Email (3)
  • Hyun-Joong Kim Send Email (4)
  • Editor Affiliation
  • 1 University of Petroleum and Energy Studies (UPES), Dehradun, India
  • 2 Advanced Materials Division, Institute of Technology and Science, The University of Tokushima, Tokushima, Japan
  • 3 Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokushima, Tokushima, Japan
  • 4 College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea, Republic of (South Korea)
  • Authors
  • Antonio Norio Nakagaito Send Email (5)
  • Hitoshi Takagi Send Email (5)
  • Author Affiliation
  • 5 Institute of Technology and Science, The University of Tokushima, Tokushima, Japan
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