A programmable macroscale electrical field self-assembly array device for diverse thin film applications

Youngjun Song, Sejung Kim, Michael J. Heller

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For a programmable mask-less patterning, we develop the novel electrophoretic deposition (EPD) method by a macroscale programmable patterning system, which has a large matrix EPD array device (2.5 × 2.5 mm2 electrodes with 10 μm gap; 20 by 20 electrodes pattern) and printed circuit board controllers. We demonstrate programmed diverse micro/nano size (20 nm – 10 μm) polystyrene beads pattern onto our 400 sites wafer scale chip, which carry out that individually penetrate electrical fields at each electrode. To pattern diverse materials onto non-conductive other substrate, 200 nm nano-porous nitrocellulose membrane is laid onto the system. Cy3 17 bases DNA and 40 nm biotin-coated beads with fluorophore are patterned onto nitrocellulose substrate. Furthermore, we demonstrate that 7–15 nm diameters and 0.5–10 μm lengths carbon nanotubes (CNT) are patterned onto the nitrocellulose substrate by the system. The CNT pattern films are simply lift off from the system. Also, CNT, poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) and (6,6)-phenyl-C61-butyric acide methyl ester and poly(3-hexylthiophene) are locally patterned, through the multi-layering process by the system. The multi-layered polymer device is assembled with indium tin oxide onto polyethylene terephthalate as photodetector. The polymer photodetector is demonstrated by light on (2.5 × 10−5 A at 3 V)/off condition. (3.5 × 10−5 A at 3 V). Finally, we demonstrate the fabrication of energy storage device, which is patterned LiCoO2 (LCO)/CNT mixtures/CNT and graphite/CNT as a cathode and anode of secondary battery. The half-cell of 143.7 μm deposited LCO mixtures is successfully operated with 112 mA/g capacity for 3 times charging/discharging cycles.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8808-8819
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Materials Research and Technology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1 2020


  • Conductive polymer
  • Electrophoretic deposition
  • Energy storage materials
  • Mask-less patterning
  • Nanomaterials

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Biomaterials
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Metals and Alloys


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