Transfer printing techniques for materials assembly and micro/nanodevice fabrication

Andrew Carlson, Audrey M. Bowen, Yonggang Huang, Ralph G. Nuzzo, John A. Rogers

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Abstract

Transfer printing represents a set of techniques for deterministic assembly of micro-and nanomaterials into spatially organized, functional arrangements with two and three-dimensional layouts. Such processes provide versatile routes not only to test structures and vehicles for scientific studies but also to high-performance, heterogeneously integrated functional systems, including those in flexible electronics, three-dimensional and/or curvilinear optoelectronics, and bio-integrated sensing and therapeutic devices. This article summarizes recent advances in a variety of transfer printing techniques, ranging from the mechanics and materials aspects that govern their operation to engineering features of their use in systems with varying levels of complexity. A concluding section presents perspectives on opportunities for basic and applied research, and on emerging use of these methods in high throughput, industrial-scale manufacturing. Transfer printing represents a set of techniques for deterministic assembly of micro- and nanomaterials into spatially organized, functional arrangements. The results provide not only test structures for scientific study, but also routes to high-performance, heterogeneously integrated systems. This article summarizes recent advances in a variety of transfer printing techniques, from mechanics and materials aspects governing the operation, to engineering use in complex systems, to perspectives on high throughput, industrial-scale manufacturing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5284-5318
Number of pages35
JournalAdvanced Materials
Volume24
Issue number39
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 9 2012

Keywords

  • additive transfer
  • deterministic assembly
  • flexible electronics
  • subtractive transfer
  • transfer print

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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