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Micropatterning of Metal Nanoparticle Ink by Laser-Induced Thermocapillary Flow

Optical Nanoprocessing Lab, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Hanyang University, 55 Hanyangdaehak-ro, Sangnok-gu, Ansan, Gyeonggi-do 15588, Korea
Applied Nano and Thermal Science Lab, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Seoul National University, 1 Gwanak-ro, Gwanak-gu, Seoul 08826, Korea
Surface Technology Group, Korea Institute of Industrial Technology, 156 Gaetbeol-ro, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon 21999, Korea
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Ajou University, San 5, Woncheon-Dong, Yeongtong-Gu, Suwon 16499, Korea
Novel Applied Nano Optics Lab, Department of Physics, Kyungpook National University, 80 Daehak-ro, Pook-gu, Daegu 41566, Korea
Institute of Advanced Machinery and Design (SNU-IAMD), Seoul National University, Gwanak-ro, Gwanak-gu, Seoul 08826, Korea
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These authors contributed equally to this work.
Nanomaterials 2018, 8(9), 645;
Received: 16 July 2018 / Revised: 15 August 2018 / Accepted: 19 August 2018 / Published: 22 August 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Nanomaterials for Renewable and Sustainable Energy)
Selective laser sintering of metal nanoparticle ink is a low-temperature and non-vacuum technique developed for the fabrication of patterned metal layer on arbitrary substrates, but its application to a metal layer composed of large metal area with small voids is very much limited due to the increase in scanning time proportional to the metal pattern density. For the facile manufacturing of such metal layer, we introduce micropatterning of metal nanoparticle ink based on laser-induced thermocapillary flow as a complementary process to the previous selective laser sintering process for metal nanoparticle ink. By harnessing the shear flow of the solvent at large temperature gradient, the metal nanoparticles are selectively pushed away from the scanning path to create metal nanoparticle free trenches. These trenches are confirmed to be stable even after the complete process owing to the presence of the accompanying ridges as well as the bump created along the scanning path. As a representative example of a metal layer with large metal area and small voids, dark-field photomask with Alphabetic letters are firstly created by the proposed method and it is then demonstrated that the corresponding letters can be successfully reproduced on the screen by an achromatic lens. View Full-Text
Keywords: selective laser sintering; metal nanoparticle ink; laser-induced thermocapillary flow selective laser sintering; metal nanoparticle ink; laser-induced thermocapillary flow
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Park, S.; Kwon, J.; Lim, J.; Shin, W.; Lee, Y.; Lee, H.; Kim, H.-J.; Han, S.; Yeo, J.; Ko, S.H.; Hong, S. Micropatterning of Metal Nanoparticle Ink by Laser-Induced Thermocapillary Flow. Nanomaterials 2018, 8, 645.

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