Transfer of Flexible Arrays of Vertically Aligned Carbon Nanofiber Electrodes to Temperature-Sensitive Substrates

Authors

  • B. L. Fletcher,

    1. Molecular Scale Engineering and, Nanoscale Technologies Research Group, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Bethel Valley Road, Oak Ridge, TN 37831, USA
    2. Materials Science and Engineering Department, University of Tennessee, 434 Dougherty Hall, Knoxville, TN 37996, USA
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  • T. E. McKnight,

    1. Molecular Scale Engineering and, Nanoscale Technologies Research Group, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Bethel Valley Road, Oak Ridge, TN 37831, USA
    2. Monolithic Systems Group, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Bethel Valley Road, Oak Ridge, TN 37831, USA
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  • A. V. Melechko,

    1. Molecular Scale Engineering and, Nanoscale Technologies Research Group, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Bethel Valley Road, Oak Ridge, TN 37831, USA
    2. Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Bethel Valley Road, Oak Ridge, TN 37831, USA
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  • D. K. Hensley,

    1. Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Bethel Valley Road, Oak Ridge, TN 37831, USA
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  • D. K. Thomas,

    1. Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Bethel Valley Road, Oak Ridge, TN 37831, USA
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  • M. N. Ericson,

    1. Monolithic Systems Group, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Bethel Valley Road, Oak Ridge, TN 37831, USA
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  • M. L. Simpson

    1. Molecular Scale Engineering and, Nanoscale Technologies Research Group, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Bethel Valley Road, Oak Ridge, TN 37831, USA
    2. Materials Science and Engineering Department, University of Tennessee, 434 Dougherty Hall, Knoxville, TN 37996, USA
    3. Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Bethel Valley Road, Oak Ridge, TN 37831, USA
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  • The authors wish to thank P. H. Fleming and T. Subich for assistance with metal depositions. This work was supported in part by the National Institute for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering under assignment 1-R01EB000433-01 and through the Laboratory Directed Research and Development funding program of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, which is managed for the U.S. Department of Energy by UT-Battelle, LLC. A. V. M. and M. L. S. acknowledge support from the Material Sciences and Engineering Division Program of the DOE Office of Science. A portion of this research was conducted at the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences, which is sponsored at Oak Ridge National Laboratory by the Division of Scientific User Facilities, U.S. Department of Energy.

Abstract

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High-aspect-ratio vertically aligned carbon nanofibers are functionally transferred from a growth substrate suitable for high-temperature processing to a substrate with electronic functionality. Nanofiber arrays are partially embedded within a polymer membrane that is then separated from the growth substrate and transferred to a new substrate that provides electrical interfacing to discrete nanofiber elements (see figure).

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