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Roll-to-Roll Microcontact Printing of Flexible Aluminum Substrates Using Octadecylphosphonic Acid (ODPA)

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Chris Merian, Xian Du, David Hardt

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

Hussain AlQahtani

King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

Paper No. IMECE2015-51184, pp. V014T11A016; 7 pages
  • ASME 2015 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 14: Emerging Technologies; Safety Engineering and Risk Analysis; Materials: Genetics to Structures
  • Houston, Texas, USA, November 13–19, 2015
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5757-1
  • Copyright © 2015 by ASME


Soft-lithography, or the printing of self-assembling molecular inks at micro or sub-micron scale holds the promise of large-scale surface patterning for a variety of applications. One key to the ultimate utility of this concept is continuous roll-to-roll printing on lost-cost flexible substrates. Accordingly, this paper discusses the basic processes involved in roll-to-roll printing of octadecylphosphonic acid (ODPA) on aluminum-coated PET substrates using novel cylindrical stamps cast from PDMS. In addition to printing, visualization of the pattern is achieved through controlled condensation of water vapor and by a post-printing acid etch. By using a roll-to-roll configuration, along with continuous stamps and measurements that can permit real-time online quality monitoring, this method represents a significant step forward in making soft lithography a commercially viable process.

Copyright © 2015 by ASME
Topics: Aluminum , Printing



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