Fabrication of highly electrically conducting patterns via inkjet printing of mussel-inspired organic nano-material

Description:

Electroless Plating Polydopamine Nanoparticles

 

Emerging flexible electronic devices have exhibited significant potential for a wide range of applications, such as sensors, solar cells, batteries, antennas, and displays.  For any flexible electronics application, an essential element is electrically conductive patterning. Solution-based additive manufacturing techniques such as drop-ondemand (DOD) inkjet printing, slot die coating, and gravure printing are being widely investigated to fabricate flexible conductive patterns. DOD inkjet printing is an

excellent candidate because it is a material-conservative, low-temperature process and is easily incorporated into large scale roll-to-roll (R2R)** manufacturing infrastructures

for flexible substrates.  The present invention provides inkjet printing of an aqueous suspension of synthesized mussel-inspired poly(dopamine) nanoparticles. Fine lines of printed nanoparticles have been deposited on both glass and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) substrates by exploiting the coffee ring effect. Deposited particles were then used for

site-selective silver/copper metallization via a simple electroless plating process at controlled temperature and plating time. The resulting narrow lines of silver exhibited a resistivity 10.0 times that of bulk silver, and the resulting narrow lines of copper exhibited a resistivity 6.5 times that of bulk copper. Lines on PET retained good electrical and adhesion performance even after many bending cycles. This technique satisfies general requirements of flexible electronics manufacturing – low temperature, low cost, small feature size and good electrical conductivity independent of substrate material.

 

 

APPLICATIONS

 

 Printed Electronics Manufacturing

 

 Flexible Electronics

 

ADVANTAGES

 

 Entire process is at low cost and low temperature with minimal environmental footprint

 

 Achieved structure shows high electrical conductivity independent of substrate material

 

 Process is transferrable to various material systems and conserves material

 

U.S. Patent Application

62/090,668

 

INVENTOR

 

Dr. Timothy Singler is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Binghamton. His research interests include physicochemical

hydrodynamics, applied mathematics, interfacial/bulk transport, wetting physics, high-temperature capillarity, and deposition of functional materials.

 

Patent Information:
Category(s):
Electronics
For Information, Contact:
Scott Hancock
Director, IP Management and Licensing
Binghamton University
(607) 777-5874
shancock@binghamton.edu
Inventors:
Siyuan Ma
Liang Liu
Vadim Bromberg
Timothy Singler
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