We report fabrication and use of a flexible array of nano-apertures for photolithography on curved surfaces. The batch-fabricated apertures are formed of metal-coated silicone tips. The apertures are formed at the end of the silicone tips by either electrochemical etching of the metal or plasma etching of a protective mask followed by wet chemical etching. The apertures are as small as 250nm on substrates larger than several millimeters. We demonstrate how the nano-aperture array can be used for nano-fabrication on flat and curved substrates, and show the subsequent fabrication steps to form large arrays of sub-micron aluminum dots or vertical silicon wires.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number175303
Issue number17
StatePublished - May 4 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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