Digital selective growth of ZnO nanowire arrays from inkjet-printed nanoparticle seeds on a flexible substrate
In this article, we introduce fully digital selective ZnO nanowire array growth on inkjet-printed seed patterning. Through proper natural convection suppression during hydrothermal growth, successful ZnO nanowire local growth can be achieved. Without any need for photolithographic processing or stamp preparation, the nanowire growth location can be easily modified when the inkjet printing process is integrated with a CAD (computer-aided design) system to allow a high degree of freedom when the design needs to be changed. The current proposed process is very fast, low-cost, environmentally benign, and low-temperature. Therefore, it can be applied to a flexible plastic substrate and scaled up for larger substrates for mass production or roll-to-roll processing. © 2011 American Chemical Society.
Ko, SH; Lee, D; Hotz, N; Yeo, J; Hong, S; Nam, KH; Grigoropoulos, CP
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