Paper-based substrates for sustainable (opto)electronic devices

Hakan Usta, Antonio Facchetti

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Cellulose-based paper has been a convenient eco-friendly platform for storing and exchanging information for thousands of years. Amazingly, the studies and advancements in the past decade have demonstrated that paper and nanocellulose-based substrates are also attractive for fabricating flexible electronic circuits as well as optoelectronic components and devices. Paper and nanocellulose-based substrates have been considered for use in new generation green devices and optoelectronic applications based on their sustainable and inexpensive source, lightweight, and superior mechanical/optical properties, all factors that could also reduce manufacturing costs for producing these devices. In this chapter, we review functional materials and optoelectronic devices fabricated on paper or nanocellulose-based substrates including transistors and circuits, solar cells, light-emitting diodes, and other devices, such as sensors/actuators, batteries, supercapacitors/energy-harvesters, and breathalyzer/diagnosis devices. We also thoroughly discuss remaining challenges and promising research directions with paper-based substrates for future advancements in green optoelectronics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSustainable Strategies in Organic Electronics
Number of pages52
ISBN (Electronic)9780128231470
StatePublished - Jan 1 2022


  • Eco-friendly substrate
  • Nanocellulose
  • Organic light-emitting diodes
  • Paper-based substrate
  • Solar cells
  • Transistors and circuits

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Materials Science(all)


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