High-Resolution, high-aspect-ratio printed and plated metal conductors utilizing roll-to-roll microscale uv imprinting with prototype imprinting stamps

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Abstract

Micron-scale, high-aspect-ratio features were imprinted by a roll-to-roll process into a UV-curable polymer and used to create high-current-carrying conductive networks on plastic substrates. A stamp fabrication method was developed to create low-cost, rapidly produced roll-to-roll imprinting stamps, which can mold features from 3 μm to 1 mm wide. Isolated raised features 50 μm high were molded from a 25-μm-thick layer of UV-curable resin by displacing resin into raised features in the stamp. Substrates with imprinted capillary channels were used to form electrical conductors by printing a silver ink into reservoirs connected to the channels and allowing capillary flow to coat the channel. Copper electroless plating then filled the channels. The conductors demonstrate high resolution, high aspect ratio (5:1 height:width), low resistance per length, and easy integration into networks. This roll-to-roll imprinting process provides a foundation for high-throughput manufacturing of high-resolution printed electronics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)16335-16346
Number of pages12
JournalIndustrial and Engineering Chemistry Research
Volume57
Issue number48
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 5 2018

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