[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The manufacture of high-performance electronic devices with micrometre or even submicrometre dimensions by solution processing and direct printing, requires the ability to control accurately the flow and spread of functional liquid inks on surfaces. This can be achieved with the help of surface-energy patterns causing inks to be repelled and dewetted from pre-defined regions of the substrate. To exploit this principle for the fabrication of submicrometre device structures, a detailed understanding of the factors causing ink droplets to dewet on patterned surfaces is required. Here, we use hydrophobic surface-energy barriers of different geometries to study the influence of solution viscosity, ink volume, and contact angle on the process of dewetting of inkjet-printed droplets of a water-based conducting polymer. We demonstrate polymer field-effect transistor devices with channel length of 500 nm fabricated by surface-energy-assisted inkjet printing.
Nature Material 04/2004; 3(3):171-6. · 35.75 Impact Factor
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Polymer nanostructures composed of poly(3-dodecylthiophene) (PDDT) have been directly written with control of polymer strand alignment and monolayer-by-monolayer thickness down to a single molecular monolayer (2.6 nm). The molecularly ordered nanostructures were written on silicon oxide surfaces using thermal dip-pen nanolithography, where an atomic force microscope cantilever with integrated tip heater was precoated with solid PDDT. The PDDT was precisely deposited onto the surface when the tip temperature was set close to PDDT's melting temperature.
Journal of the American Chemical Society 06/2006; 128(21):6774-5. · 10.68 Impact Factor
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