Transfer printing is one of the key nanofabrication techniques for the large‐scale manufacturing of complex device architectures. It provides a cost‐effective and high‐throughput route for the integration of independently processed materials into spatially tailored architectures.
Furthermore, this method enables the fabrication of flexible and curvilinear devices, paving the way for the fabrication of a new generation of technologies for optics, electronics, and biomedicine. In this work, hydroxypropyl cellulose (HPC) membranes are used as water soluble adhesives for transfer printing processes with improved performance and versatility compared to conventional silicone alternatives. The high‐water solubility and excellent mechanical properties of HPC facilitate transfer printing with high yield for both metal and carbon nanotubes (CNTs) inks. In the case of metal inks, crack‐free stripping of silver films and the simple fabrication of Moiré Plasmonic architectures of different geometries are demonstrated. Furthermore, HPC membranes are used to transfer print carbon nanotube films with different thicknesses and up to 77% transparency in the visible and near infrared region with potential applications as transparent conductive substrates. Finally, the use of prepatterned HPC membranes enables nanoscale patterning of CNT with feature resolution down to 1 µm.
Sustainable energy conversion & storage systems
Hydroxypropyl Cellulose Adhesives for Transfer Printing of Carbon Nanotubes and Metallic Nanostructures
Camilla Dore, Bernhard Dörling, Juan Luis Garcia‐Pomar, Mariano Campoy‐Quiles, Agustín Mihi
Optimization of a new system for organic solar cells is a multiparametric analysis problem which requires substantial efforts in terms of time and resources. The strong microstructure dependent performance of polymer:olymer cells makes them particularly difficult to optimize, or to translate previous knowledge from spin coating into more scalable techniques.
The development of high energy density battery technologies based on divalent metals as the negative electrode is very appealing. Ca and Mg are especially interesting choices due to their combination of low standard reduction potential and natural abundance.
Interfacial thermal transport plays a prominent role in the thermal management of nanoscale objects and is of fundamental importance for basic research and nanodevices. At metal/insulator interfaces, a configuration commonly found in electronic devices, heat transport strongly depends upon the effective energy transfer from thermalized electrons in the metal to the phonons in the insulator.
The global energy demand continues to grow both due to the increasing population and wealth. As one of the potential solutions, renewable energy resources can relieve the pressure on conventional energy sources. However, due to fluctuations in both supply and demand, they need to be complemented with load-leveling technologies.
We present a method to dissolve carbon nanotubes that simultaneously allows to prepare n-doped films. These films are composed of thinner bundles of longer tubes when compared to films prepared using surfactants and sonication.