High-fidelity chemical patterning on oxide-free germanium.
ABSTRACT Oxide-free germanium can be chemically patterned directly with self-assembled monolayers of n-alkanethiols via submerged microcontact printing. Native germanium dioxide is water soluble; immersion activates the germanium surface for self-assembly by stripping the oxide. Water additionally provides an effective diffusion barrier that prevents undesired ink transport. Patterns are stable with respect to molecular exchange by carboxyl-functionalized thiols.