High-precision transfer-printing and integration of vertically oriented semiconductor arrays for flexible device fabrication
transfer printing, nanowires, flexible electronics, printable electronics, nanoscale devices
Flexible electronics utilizing single crystalline semiconductors typically require post-growth processes to assemble and incorporate the crystalline materials onto flexible substrates. Here we present a high-precision transfer-printing method for vertical arrays of single crystalline semiconductor materials with widely varying aspect ratios and densities enabling the assembly of arrays on flexible substrates in a vertical fashion. Complementary fabrication processes for integrating transferred arrays into flexible devices are also presented and characterized. Robust contacts to transferred silicon wire arrays are demonstrated and shown to be stable under flexing stress down to bending radii of 20 mm. The fabricated devices exhibit a reversible tactile response enabling silicon based, nonpiezoelectric, and flexible tactile sensors. The presented system leads the way towards high-throughput, manufacturable, and scalable fabrication of flexible devices.
Tsinghua University Press
Mark Triplett,Hideki Nishimura,Matthew Ombaba,V. J. Logeeswarren,Matthew Yee,Kazim G. Polat,Jin Y. Oh,Takashi Fuyuki,François Léonard,M. Saif Islam, High-precision transfer-printing and integration of vertically oriented semiconductor arrays for flexible device fabrication. NanoRes.2014, 7(7): 998–1006