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Development of two-dimensional scanning probe arrays for dip-pen nanolithography (DPN)
Author(s): Jun Zou; Xuefeng Wang; David Bullen; Chang Liu; Chad Mirkin
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Paper Abstract

In this paper, we report the development of two-dimensional scanning probe arrays to achieve high-throughput DPN writing in a parallel mode. A new "mold-and-transfer" micromachining process has been developed, which is capable of making large scanning probe arrays with high yield and at low cost. Up to date, two-dimensional passive probe arrays with 1000 metal probes and 1000,000 polymer probes have been successfully developed. Prototypes of two-dimensional active probe arrays have also been successfully fabricated and tested, which consists of 49 scanning probe individually controlled by a thermal bimorph micro actuator integrated on each probe. To ensure proper contact status of each probe on the sample surface, a new electrical probe-substrate contact sensing method has also been developed for two-dimensional DPN probe arrays to realize robust DPN writing. As such, 2D DPN writing has been successfully demonstrated for the first time.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 May 2006
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 6223, Micro (MEMS) and Nanotechnologies for Space Applications, 62230N (18 May 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.666389
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Jun Zou, Texas A&M Univ. (United States)
Xuefeng Wang, GE Global Research Ctr. (United States)
David Bullen, Bettis Atomic Power Lab. (United States)
Chang Liu, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (United States)
Chad Mirkin, Northwestern Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6223:
Micro (MEMS) and Nanotechnologies for Space Applications
Thomas George; Zhong-Yang Cheng, Editor(s)

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