Sci. Adv. Today 2 (2016) 25229  
  Review Article  
Fabrication of metal nanomaterials and their applications in printed electronics  
  Lanlan Liua, Jiazhen Sunb, Xingye Zhanga and Yanlin Songa,b  
aKey Laboratory of Green Printing, Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing Engineering Research Center of Nanomaterials for Green Printing Technology, Beijing National Laboratory for Molecular Sciences, Beijing 100190, China
b School of Chemistry and Environment, Beihang University, Beijing 100191, China

  By virtue of flexibility, low-cost and environmental friendliness, printed electronics have attracted great attention in functional device fabricating area. Research on advanced materials for fabricating conductive lines and interconnects is very important in printed electronics. Due to the high conductivity, metal nanomaterials have been the main system of choice for the printable conductive materials. This review presents a summary of work to date in the field of metal nanostructure fabrication and their applications in printed electronics. In particular, the focus is upon the synthesis of silver, copper and gold nanomaterials. Applications of these metal nanomaterials in electronic and optoelectronic devices, such as touch screen panels, organic photovoltaics, radio frequency antennas, and solar cells, are discussed. Moreover, the remaining challenges in metal nanostructure fabrication are presented, and the broad research and application prospects of printed electronics based on metal nanomaterials are proposed.  
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  Lanlan Liu, Jiazhen Sun, Xingye Zhang and Yanlin Song, Fabrication of metal nanomaterials and their applications in printed electronics , Sci. Adv. Today 2 (2016) 25229.