High throughput soft embossing process for micro-patterning of PEDOT thin films

Paola Fanzio, A. Cagliani, Kristof G. Peterffy, Luigi Sasso

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Abstract

The patterning of conductive polymers is a major challenge in the implementation of these materials in several research and industrial applications, spanning from photovoltaics to biosensors. Within this context, we have developed a reliable technique to pattern a thin layer of the conductive polymer poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) by means of a low cost and high throughput soft embossing process. We were able to reproduce a functional conductive pattern with a minimum dimension of 1 μm and to fabricate electrically decoupled electrodes. Moreover, the conductivity of the PEDOT films has been characterized, finding that a post-processing treatment with Ethylene Glycol allows an increase in conductivity and a decrease in water solubility of the PEDOT film. Finally, cyclic voltammetry demonstrates that the post-treatment also ensures the electrochemical activity of the film. Our technology offers a facile solution for the patterning of organic conductors with resolution in the micro scale, and can be the basis for the realization and development of polymeric microdevices with electrical and electrochemical functionalities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-21
JournalMicroelectronic Engineering
Volume176
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Keywords

  • Conductivity
  • Ethylene glycol
  • Micro-patterning
  • PEDOT
  • Soft electrodes
  • Soft embossing

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