New Industrial Applications for Silver and Gold
Not that gold and silver need new industrial applications to emerge in order to reach the $2,000 / $50 price targets I have forecast, but it certainly doesn't hurt.
Silver and gold nanowires can improve touch screen flexibility and durability, say scientists from Stanford University.
Touch screens made from thin plastic coated with silver and gold could be produced much more quickly than glass plates - up to 100 times faster in fact.
The silver nanowires could also be used as electrodes for solar cells that can turn light into electricity, said Cui. Flexible silver and gold nanowire screens could replace the hard, glass-based electrodes.
Unlike many technologies that have a significant lag time between development and application, Cui says his technique could be used "immediately."
The study has been described in the journal ACS Nano.