Colin Preston

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Renewable and clean "green" electronics based on paper substrates is an emerging field with intensifying research and commercial interests, as the technology combines the unique properties of flexibility, cost efficiency, recyclability, and renewability with the lightweight nature of paper. Because of its excellent optical transmittance and low surface(More)
Solar cell substrates require high optical transparency but also prefer high optical haze to increase the light scattering and consequently the absorption in the active materials. Unfortunately, there is a trade-off between these optical properties, which is exemplified by common transparent paper substrates exhibiting a transparency of about 90% yet a low(More)
In this study we report a novel, rationally designed, solution based silver nanowire (Ag NW) paper hybrid that demonstrates a flexible, low cost, and scalable device ready transparent conducting electrode (TCE) with exceptional and stable optoelectronic properties. Its high transmittance (91%) and low sheet resistance (13 U sq À1) represent the highest(More)
Contemporary nanostructured transparent electrodes for use in solar cells require high transmittance and high conductivity, dictating nanostructures with high aspect ratios. Optical haze is an equally important yet unstudied parameter in transparent electrodes for solar cells that is also determined by the geometry of the nanostructures that compose the(More)
Electrode materials with high specific surface area (area per volume or weight) and high conductivity are crucial for high power generation in microbial fuel cells (MFCs). In this paper, a novel hollow natural fiber template (kapok) is introduced to serve as the MFC anode. Advanced microscopy shows that the unique hollow structure doubles the anode active(More)
Nanopaper based on biodegradable cellulose fi bers with tailorable optical properties shows a strong dependence on the cellulose fi ber diameter and packing density. The optical properties are thoroughly explained through Chandrasekhar radiative-transfer theory and multiple scattering method simulations. The controllable optical properties of the highly(More)
Paper, as an inexpensive substrate for flexible electronics and energy devices, has garnered great attention because of its abundance, biodegradability, renewability and sustainability. However, the intrinsic opacity and higher roughness of regular paper greatly restricts further applications. One promising method is to use cellulose nanofibers (CNs) to(More)
The ability to manage the light scattering effect of transparent paper without sacrificing its original high transmittance is critical for the application in optoelectronics since different devices have different requirements for the optical properties. In this paper, we study highly transparent paper with a tunable transmission haze by rationally managing(More)
In this work, we report transistors made of van der Waals materials on a mesoporous paper with a smooth nanoscale surface. The aqueous transistor has a novel planar structure with source, drain, and gate electrodes on the same surface of the paper, while the mesoporous paper is used as an electrolyte reservoir. These transistors are enabled by an(More)
Ultra-thin flexible glass with high transparency is attractive for a broad range of display applications; however, substrates with low optical haze are not ideal for thin film solar cells, since most of the light will go through the semiconductor layer without scattering, and the length of light travelling path in the active layer is small. By simply(More)
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