Multi-nozzle electrohydrodynamic inkjet printing of silver colloidal solution for the fabrication of electrically functional microstructures
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In this paper, multi-nozzle electrohydrodynamic (EHD) inkjet printing of a colloidal solution containing silver nanoparticles in a fully controlled fashion is reported. For minimizing interaction, i.e. cross-talk, between neighboring jets, the distance between the nozzles was optimized numerically by investigating the magnitude of the electric field strength around the tip of each nozzle. A multi-nozzle EHD inkjet printing head consisting of three nozzles was fabricated and successfully tested by simultaneously printing electrically conductive lines of a colloidal solution containing silver nanoparticles onto a glass substrate. The printed results show electrical resistivity of 5.05×10−8 Ω m, which is almost three times larger than that of bulk silver. These conductive microtracks demonstrate the feasibility of the multi-nozzle EHD inkjet printing process for industrial fabrication of microelectronic devices.
KeywordsSilver Nanoparticles PDMS Inkjet Printing Taylor Cone Printing Head
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