Project TitleTransparent Nanowire Transistors
Track Code2007-069
Short Description

Optically transparent and mechanically flexible electronic circuitry for next-generation display technologies

#semiconductor #transistor # nanotechnology #fabrication #materials #nanowire 


Northwestern University scientists have developed nanowire transistors that are transparent and flexible. These novel transistors are essential for the development of different types of next-generation displays, which will be more energy efficient and provide enhanced capabilities (e.g. smart windows). In addition, transparent nanowire transistors (TNTs) are also expected to enable production of flexible electronic devices, including implantable medical devices. In laboratory tests, the nanowire transistors were fabricated on both glass and plastic substrates, which was made possible by the low processing temperature required for this novel type of transistor. When compared to the thin film transistors (TFTs), TNTs perform equally well under laboratory conditions. The advantageous characteristics of TNTs may make them the preferred transistor for many future electronic devices.

TagsSEMICONDUCTOR: transistor, NANOTECHNOLOGY: fabrication, MATERIALS: nanowire
Posted DateJan 28, 2015 6:05 PM


Tobin Marks*

David Janes

Sanghyun Ju

Peter Ye

Chongwu Zhou

Antonio Facchetti


  • Next-generation displays (e.g. AMOLED)
  • Transparent and conformable electronics for consumer goods and medical devices


  • Low temperature processing
  • High optical transparency
  • High mechanical flexibility


IP Status

Issued US patent number 7,910,932. International patent application has been filed.

Contact Information

Zach Brown, PhD

Invention Associate

(p) 847.491.4629