Large Area CoNi Stress Free Electroformed Mold for Nanoimprint Lithography

Cho, Si-Hyeong and Busnaina, Ahmed A. and Park, Jin-Goo. (2010) Large Area CoNi Stress Free Electroformed Mold for Nanoimprint Lithography. In: New England Nanomanufacturing Summit 2010, June 22 - 24, 2010, Lowell, MA. (Unpublished)

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Nanoimprint lithography is a novel method of fabricating nanometer scale patterns. It is a simple process with low cost, high throughput and high resolution. But it also requires a stamp which has a lower fabrication cost and longer life time. Depending on application, stamps in wafer-size scale have been studied by several groups. CoNi alloys can be used to fabricate a nano-size patterned mold by electrodeposition on a Si mother mold with a seed layer. After electrodeposition, the sample is usually dipped in KOH solution to remove Si. The consumption of Si mold is a necessary step to produce a stamp. In this study, a method was developed to fabricate CoNi alloy stamps without the consumption of Si mother mold. Vapor self assembled monolayer (SAM) method was used to deposit an anti-adhesion layer instead of Si removal method. SAM has a low surface energy, makes possible to separate Ni from Si substrate without causing any damages on Si mold. Especially, vapor SAM method has its advantage when the mold features are in nanometer scale. It eliminates the use of organic solvents and greatly simplifies the handling of the sample. As a result, 140mm CoNi stamp for NIL has been successfully fabricated from a nano Si mother mold by using a developed method. The characteristics of deposited SAM were analyzed by measurements of the contact angle, its hysteresis, surface energy, thickness and lateral friction force. Duplicated patterns on CoNi alloy stamp were compared with those of Si mother mold by using field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). This process enables us to produce a cost effective metal nano stamp.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
InterNano Taxonomy: Nanomanufacturing Processes > Deposition of Nanostructured Films or Nanostructures > Electrodeposition
Nanomanufacturing Processes > Deposition of Nanostructured Films or Nanostructures
Nanoscale Objects and Nanostructured Materials > Other Nanostructured Materials > Self assembled monolayers
Nanomanufacturing Processes > Nanopatterning/Lithography
Collections: National Nanomanufacturing Network Archive > Conferences and Workshops > New England Nanomanufacturing Summit 2010
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Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2010 12:58
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