The use of nanowires is increasing day by day due to the development of a large number of nanoelectronic devices. E.g., From conductor inks in electric circuits to touchscreen & infrared shields, everything is made up of nanowires.
As per the report, researchers in Pune at the National Chemical laboratory have developed a not so expensive technology to manufacture accurate silver nanowires. We will witness nanowires use in all the development of future nanoelectronic devices.
Dr Shekhar Mande inaugurated the advanced nanowires pilot plant at NCL campus. Mande is the director-general of CISR (Council of Scientific and Industrial Research).
According to reports, the pilot plant at NCL can produce 500 grams per day, and there is no limit to production rates. The silver nanowire created using the developed technology will be 12 times cheaper than the international market price ranging from Rs 18,000 to Rs 43,000 per gram. The device is scalable and thus produces nanowires as per the requirement.
Dr Anmol Kulkarni, the lead researcher at chemical engineering and process development division at NCL, said that the method is quite popular. Still, it was made possible only by utilizing control parameters in the lab. The primary reason behind the creation of such advanced technology is a healthy competition in the electrical chemicals market, Amol added.
India is always a significant importer for nanowires, and the recent development will speed up the manufacturing capacity of this precision material at a massive scale. Various patents got filed for technology protection. Moreover, developers carried product testing using different types of applications.
Dr Mande also commented that there are enormous opportunities for silver nanowires around the globe as the market is big and producers are less. This development will boost the overall growth of this sector.
The silver nanowires development is under the Advanced Manufacturing Technologies (AMT) initiative by the Department of Science and Technology (DST)