Advanced Materials

Low-Temperature Plasma-Assisted Nanotransfer Printing between Thermoplastic Polymers

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  • Deuk Yeon Lee,

    1. Department of Materials Science and Engineering Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics University of Maryland College Park, MD 20742 (USA)
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  • Daniel R. Hines,

    1. Laboratory for Physical Sciences and Department of Physics University of Maryland College Park, MD 20742 (USA)
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  • Christopher M. Stafford,

    1. Polymers Division National Institute of Standards and Technology Gaithersburg, MD 20899 (USA)
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  • Christopher L. Soles,

    1. Polymers Division National Institute of Standards and Technology Gaithersburg, MD 20899 (USA)
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  • Eric K. Lin,

    1. Polymers Division National Institute of Standards and Technology Gaithersburg, MD 20899 (USA)
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  • Gottlieb S. Oehrlein

    Corresponding author
    1. Department of Materials Science and Engineering Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics University of Maryland College Park, MD 20742 (USA)
    • Department of Materials Science and Engineering Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics University of Maryland College Park, MD 20742 (USA).
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Abstract

Plasma activation of thermoplastic polymer surfaces enables nanotransfer printing (NTP) at dramatically lower processing temperatures. Polar functional groups introduced by plasma surface activation render the polymer surfaces hydrophilic and cause a dramatic increase in interfacial adhesion, thus lowering the temperature at which NTP can be successfully performed to below the glass-transition temperature of each polymer.

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