Fabrication of stamps for microcontact printing by injection molding

CHANDEKAR, A and ALABRAN, M and SENGUPTA, S and LEE, J and MEAD, J and BARRY, C and WHITTEN, J and SOMU, S and BUSNAINA, A. (2008) Fabrication of stamps for microcontact printing by injection molding. Microelectronic Engineering, 85 (1). pp. 187-194. ISSN 01679317

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Microcontact printing has been shown to be a viable lithographic technique for the fabrication of a variety of microelectronic components, including source/drain and gate electrodes for organic field effect transistors. Future manufacturing efforts may require a means of mass producing stamps for this process. In the present work, stamps for microcontact printing were rapidly produced by injection molding a commercial polyurethane resin, using a silicon master as the mold insert. The performance of these stamps was evaluated by microcontact printing gold coated silicon surfaces with a fluorinated alkanethiol. Etching of the stamped surface protected by the patterned alkanethiol revealed excellent replication of the submicron linear features of the micromold. The use of injection molding as a standard method for the production of stamps for microcontact printing is proposed and may have advantages for future nanotechnology applications that require mass production of stamps. Because a wide range of polymers may be injection molded, this method may make possible the fabrication of stamps with improved mechanical and chemical properties compared to polydimethylsiloxane based stamps.

Item Type: Article
InterNano Taxonomy: Nanomanufacturing Processes > Nanopatterning/Lithography > Contact printing
Collections: Nanomanufacturing Research Collection > Nanomanufacturing Nanoscale Science and Engineering Centers > Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing
Depositing User: Moureen Kemei
Date Deposited: 03 May 2010 14:29
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2014 16:39
URI: http://eprints.internano.org/id/eprint/446

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