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Reversible Coloration Enhanced by Electrochemical Deposition of an Ultrathin Zinc Layer onto an Anodic Nanoporous Alumina Layer

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  • Shuzo Hirata,

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    1. Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics Research (OPERA), Kyushu University, 744 Motooka, Nishi, Fukuoka 819-0395 Japan
    • Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics Research (OPERA), Kyushu University, 744 Motooka, Nishi, Fukuoka 819-0395 Japan.
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  • Toshiro Tsuji,

    1. Department of Automotive Science, Kyushu University, 744 Motooka, Nishi, Fukuoka 819-0395 Japan
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  • Yoshimine Kato,

    1. Department of Automotive Science, Kyushu University, 744 Motooka, Nishi, Fukuoka 819-0395 Japan
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  • Chihaya Adachi

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    1. Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics Research (OPERA), Kyushu University, 744 Motooka, Nishi, Fukuoka 819-0395 Japan
    • Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics Research (OPERA), Kyushu University, 744 Motooka, Nishi, Fukuoka 819-0395 Japan.
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Abstract

A productive method is introduced to realize large area color electronic paper (e-paper) with high UV resistance, heat resistance, and good significant bending properties using a color change triggered by reversible electronic change in the device structure. Reversible coloration and decoloration triggered by electrochemical deposition and desorption, respectively, of an ultra-thin zinc (Zn) layer on a thin transparent conductive layer coated on anodic nanoporous alumina has been developed. The deposition of the ultra-thin Zn layer triggers the formation of destructive interference, which leads to coloration. Yellow, magenta, and cyan colors were obtained in the colored state by increasing the NP-Al2O3 layer thickness, based on Bragg diffraction theory. Reflectance of more than 70% and contrast values of more than 7 were obtained, which are nearly equivalent to those of previous e-papers. The color images in these devices also showed high UV resistance, heat resistance, and repeated significant bending endurance. The devices can be fabricated with large areas using low-cost manufacturing processes such as anodic oxidation, and use abundantly available materials. Our proposed device provides low-cost and flexible large area color e-paper for outdoor use.

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