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In-Flight Inkjet Self-Assembly of Spherical Nanoparticle Aggregates

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  • Enrico Sowade,

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    1. Chemnitz University of Technology, Institute for Print and Media Technology, Reichenhainer Str. 70, 09111 Chemnitz, (Germany)
    • Chemnitz University of Technology, Institute for Print and Media Technology, Reichenhainer Str. 70, 09111 Chemnitz, (Germany)
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  • Jens Hammerschmidt,

    1. Chemnitz University of Technology, Institute for Print and Media Technology, Reichenhainer Str. 70, 09111 Chemnitz, (Germany)
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  • Thomas Blaudeck,

    1. Chemnitz University of Technology, Institute for Print and Media Technology, Reichenhainer Str. 70, 09111 Chemnitz, (Germany)
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  • Reinhard R. Baumann

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    1. Chemnitz University of Technology, Institute for Print and Media Technology, Reichenhainer Str. 70, 09111 Chemnitz, (Germany)
    2. Fraunhofer Research Institute for Electronic Nano Systems ENAS, Department Printed Functionalities, Technologie-Campus 3, 09126 Chemnitz, (Germany)
    • Chemnitz University of Technology, Institute for Print and Media Technology, Reichenhainer Str. 70, 09111 Chemnitz, (Germany)
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Abstract

Recently, there has emerged a growing interest in many disciplines to use the principle of self-assembly in order to manufacture ensembles of nanostructures. Self-assembly processes organize autonomously building blocks into patterns or structures without human intervention. We report on combining inkjet printing and self-assembly as a manufacturing method for spherical aggregates. The aggregates consist of a high number of colloidal nanospheres arranged as stable ball-shaped structures. The method allows the patterned deposition of spherical aggregates on any surface due to an in-flight self-assembly process of the nanospheres.

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