Special Issue "Lithography with polymer stamp techniques"

A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (14 January 2019)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Michael Hirtz

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Institute of Nanotechnology (INT) and Karlsruhe Nano Micro Facility (KNMF), Karlsruhe, Germany
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Interests: scanning probe lithography (SPL); bioactive surface functionalization; sensor and device functionalization
Guest Editor
Prof. Harald Fuchs

University of Münster, Physical Institute and Center for Nanotechnology (CeNTech), Münster, Germany
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Interests: nano(bio-)technology; scanning probe methods; self-organized functional organic systems; surface chemistry

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Surface functionalization with polymer stamps has come a long way, from implementation in microcontact printing enabling large area surface patterning in the microscale by hand, to current scanning probe techniques, such as in polymer pen lithography in highly-controlled nanoscale precise setups. Additionally, polymers play important roles as substrates in structuring methods, such as micro- and nanoimprint lithography.

This very diverse field of techniques found wide adoption in many applications, ranging from surface functionalization for biological experiments over biomedical applications, e.g., in patterning of microfluidic chips, to applications in device functionalization and printable electronics.

The aim of this Special Issue is to collect a number of research and review papers that can depict the state-of-the-art in the various types of lithography methods involving polymer stamps, probes or substrates. Especially, the demonstration of inventive applications of such techniques in the life sciences for biological or biomedical purposes, as well as in printable electronics for results not easily addressable with standard lithographic methods, are welcome contributions. We hope to enable a stimulating exchange on this focus topic and are looking forward to receiving your interesting and insightful manuscripts.

Dr. Michael Hirtz
Prof. Harald Fuchs
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Polymer Stamp Lithography,
  • Polymer Pen Lithography,
  • Scanning Probe Lithography,
  • Nanoimprint Lithography,
  • Surface Functionalization,
  • Device Functionalization,
  • Printable Electronics

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Open AccessArticle A Facile Approach for Fabricating Microstructured Surface Based on Etched Template by Inkjet Printing Technology
Polymers 2018, 10(11), 1209; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym10111209
Received: 18 September 2018 / Revised: 26 October 2018 / Accepted: 29 October 2018 / Published: 31 October 2018
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Microstructures are playing an important role in manufacturing functional devices, due to their unique properties, such as wettability or flexibility. Recently, various microstructured surfaces have been fabricated to realize functional applications. To achieve the applications, photolithography or printing technology is utilized to produce
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Microstructures are playing an important role in manufacturing functional devices, due to their unique properties, such as wettability or flexibility. Recently, various microstructured surfaces have been fabricated to realize functional applications. To achieve the applications, photolithography or printing technology is utilized to produce the microstructures. However, these methods require preparing templates or masks, which are usually complex and expensive. Herein, a facile approach for fabricating microstructured surfaces was studied based on etched template by inkjet printing technology. Precured polydimethylsiloxane substrate was etched by inkjet printing water-soluble polyacrylic acid solution. Then, the polydimethylsiloxane substrate was cured and rinsed, which could be directly used as template for fabricating microstructured surfaces. Surfaces with raised dots, lines, and squares, were facilely obtained using the etched templates by inkjet printing technology. Furthermore, controllable anisotropic wettability was exhibited on the raised line microstructured surface. This work provides a flexible and scalable way to fabricate various microstructured surfaces. It would bring about excellent performance, which could find numerous applications in optoelectronic devices, biological chips, microreactors, wearable products, and related fields. Full article
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