Conductive Screen Printing Inks by Gelation of Graphene Dispersions

Research paper by Kirill Arapov, Eric Rubingh, Robert Abbel, Jozua Laven, Gijsbertus de With, Heiner Friedrich

Indexed on: 16 Dec '15Published on: 15 Dec '15Published in: Advanced Functional Materials


This paper describes the gelation of highly concentrated graphene/polymer dispersions triggered by mild heating. The gel formation is only dependent on the concentration of graphene with 3.25 mg mL−1 as the minimum value for graphene network formation. The graphene gel is then utilized for the preparation of colloidally stable and highly concentrated (52 mg mL−1) graphene pastes that demonstrate excellent performance in screen printing down to lines of 40 μm in width. Printed patterns dried at 100 °C for only 5 min exhibit sheet resistances of 30 Ω −1 at 25 μm thickness, thus, removing the need for long‐time high temperature annealing, doping, or other treatments. Such a low drying temperature, high printing definition, and compatibility with industrially relevant plastic and paper substrates brings high‐volume roll‐to‐roll application in printed flexible electronics within reach.