Multilayer Transfer Printing for Polyelectrolyte Multilayer Patterning: Direct Transfer of Layer-by-Layer Assembled Micropatterned Thin Films


  • The authors acknowledge Hiroshi Abe of Sekisui Integrated Research (SIR, Japan) for his initiation of this project. We also thank John Reynolds of the University of Florida for the provision of sulfonated poly-p-phenylene. This work was supported by SIR and in part by the MRSEC Program of the National Science Foundation under award number DMR 02–13282.


Patterning of polyelectrolyte multilayers by direct transfer of thin films to substrates using positively charged poly(dimethylsiloxane) stamps is demonstrated. Sequentially printed multilayer composites and strong electrostatic interactions between patterns and substrate allow multilevel and multicomponent pattern structures to be achieved (see Figure).