Applied Physics A

, Volume 114, Issue 2, pp 515–520 | Cite as

Screen printing for producing ferroelectret systems with polymer-electret films and well-defined cavities

  • Martynas Sborikas
  • Xunlin Qiu
  • Werner Wirges
  • Reimund Gerhard
  • Werner Jenninger
  • Deliani Lovera
Article

Abstract

We report a process for preparing polymer ferroelectrets by means of screen printing—a technology that is widely used for the two-dimensional patterning of printed layers. In order to produce polymer-film systems with cavities that are suitable for bipolar electric charging, a screen-printing paste is deposited through a screen with a pre-designed pattern onto the surface of a polymer electret film. Another such polymer film is placed on top of the printed pattern, and well-defined cavities are formed in-between. During heating and curing, the polymer films are tightly bonded to the patterned paste layer so that a stable three-layer system is obtained. In the present work, polycarbonate (PC) films have been employed as electret layers. Screen printing, curing and charging led to PC ferroelectret systems with a piezoelectric d33 coefficient of about 28 pC/N that is stable up to 100 C. Due to the rather soft patterned layer, d33 strongly decreases already for static pressures of tens of kPa. The results demonstrate the suitability of screen printing for the preparation of ferroelectret systems.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Martynas Sborikas
    • 1
    • 3
  • Xunlin Qiu
    • 1
  • Werner Wirges
    • 1
  • Reimund Gerhard
    • 1
  • Werner Jenninger
    • 2
  • Deliani Lovera
    • 2
    • 4
  1. 1.Applied Condensed-Matter Physics, Institute of Physics and AstronomyUniversity of PotsdamPotsdam-GolmGermany
  2. 2.Bayer MaterialScience AGLeverkusenGermany
  3. 3.Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research (IAP)PotsdamGermany
  4. 4.Technology and Innovation DivisionSABIC Technology Center GeleenGeleenThe Netherlands

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