Direct writing of conductive silver micropatterns on flexible polyimide film by laser-induced pyrolysis of silver nanoparticle-dispersed film
This article describes fabrication of Ag micropatterns on a flexible polyimide (PI) film by laser direct writing using an Ag nanoparticle-dispersed film as a precursor. Ag micropatterns are characterized by optical microscopy, atomic force microscopy (AFM), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), surface profilometry, and resistivity measurements. The line width of Ag micropatterns can be effectively controlled by altering the experimental parameters of laser direct writing especially laser intensity, objective lens, and laser beam scanning speed etc. Using an objective lens of 100× and laser intensity of 170.50 kW/cm2, Ag micropatterns with a line width of about 6 μm have been achieved. The Ag micropatterns show strong adhesion to polyimide surface as evaluated by Scotch-tape test. The resistivity of the Ag micropatterns is determined to be 4.1 × 10−6 Ω cm using two-point probe method. This value is comparable with the resistivity of bulk Ag (1.6 × 10−6 Ω cm).
KeywordsFlexible electronics Polymer Laser direct writing Nanometal ink Micropatterns Resistivity Nanomanufacturing
This work was supported by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) of Japan. This work was also partially supported by a Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research from the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture of Japan. Special thanks to Mr. T. Suzuki for his assistance measuring SEM.
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