Antioxidant Metal Microfibers for use as Transparent Electrodes and Heaters
We successfully achieved the simple fabrication method to form the nickel (Ni) microfibers (MFs). In only two
steps of electrospinning and electroplating, the MFs were fabricated. The Morphology and composition of NiMFs were
characterized by scanning electron microscope (SEM) with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) and X-ray
photoelectron spectroscope (XPS). Furthermore, electrical conductivity and optical transmittance values were observed with
a sheet resistance meter and a UV-Vis spectrophotometer, respectively. Such nonwoven metal fibres are free-standing filmshape
that promotes excellent flexibility and have a high electrical conductivity. In addition, NiMFs have oxidation
resistance as compared with the most recent, transparent copper heat generating nanofibers. These superior capabilities are
suitable for applications in a variety of future, transparent heat generating devices.
Index terms- Antioxidant, Electroplating, Ion-exchange, Electrospinning, transparent conducting film.