Skip to main content
Log in

Direct ink-jet printing and low temperature conversion of conductive silver patterns

  • Published:
Journal of Materials Science Aims and scope Submit manuscript

Abstract

A drop-on-demand ink-jet printer has been used in the production of conductive silver tracks onto glass, polyimide, polytetrafluoroethylene, carbon and glass fibre reinforced epoxy substrates. Silver patterns were obtained from an organometallic solution by heat treatment at 150°C in air and were found to have resistivity values of 1.3 to 2 times the theoretical resisitivity of bulk silver. Printed track lateral resolution is a function of the ink/substrate wetting behaviour and a simple model is presented that relates track width to equilibrium contact angle. The influence of printing parameters and substrate surface properties on line quality is discussed.

This is a preview of subscription content, log in via an institution to check access.

Access this article

Subscribe and save

Springer+ Basic
EUR 32.99 /Month
  • Get 10 units per month
  • Download Article/Chapter or Ebook
  • 1 Unit = 1 Article or 1 Chapter
  • Cancel anytime
Subscribe now

Buy Now

Price excludes VAT (USA)
Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout.

Instant access to the full article PDF.

Similar content being viewed by others

References

  1. K. F. TENG and R. W. VEST, IEEE T. Compon. Hybr. 11 (1988) 291.

    Article  CAS  Google Scholar 

  2. K. F. TENG and R. W. VEST, IEEE T. Compon. Hybr. 10 (1987) 545.

    Article  Google Scholar 

  3. T. CUK, S. M. TROIAN, C. M. HONG and S. WAGNER, Appl. Phys. Lett. 77 (2000) 2063.

    Article  CAS  Google Scholar 

  4. S. MOLESA, D. R. REDINGER, D. C. HUANG and V. SUBRAMANIAN, Mat. Res. Soc. Symp. Proc. 769 (2003) H8.3.1.

    Google Scholar 

  5. T. KAYDANOVA, A. MIEDANER, C. CURTIS, J. PERKINS, J. ALLEMAN and D. GINLEY, in Proceedings of the National Centre for Photovoltaics and Solar Program Review Meeting (Denver, Colorado, March 2003).

  6. D. R. LIDE (Eds.) in Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, 77th edn. (Boca Raton, CRC press, 1996) p. 12.

    Google Scholar 

  7. R. W. VEST, in Ceramic Films and Coatings Chapter 9, edited by J. B. Wachtman and R. A. Haber (William Andrew Publishing/Noyes, 1993) p. 303.

  8. S. B. FULLER, E. J. WILHELM and J. M. JACOBSON, J. Microelectromech. S. 11(1) (2002) 54.

    Article  Google Scholar 

  9. J. B. SZCZECH, C. M. MEGARIDIS, D. R. GAMOTA and J. ZHANG, IEEE T. Electron. Pack. 25 (2002) 26.

    Article  CAS  Google Scholar 

  10. N. REIS, C. AINSLEY and B. DERBY, J. Appl. Phys. (in press).

  11. R. D. DEEGAN, O. BAKAJIN, T. F. DUPONT, G. HUBER, S. R. NAGEL and T. A. WITTEN, Nature 389 (1997) 827.

    Article  CAS  Google Scholar 

  12. R. W. VEST, E. P. TWEEDELL and R. C. BUCHANAN, Int. J. Hybrid Microelectron. 6 (1983) 261.

    CAS  Google Scholar 

  13. https://doi.org/www.microfab.com/equipment/pdf/MicroJet_Dev_Spec.pdf (last accessed on the 16th February 2005).

  14. J. F. DIJKSMAN, J. Fluid. Mech. 139 (1984) 173.

    Article  Google Scholar 

  15. N. REIS and B. DERBY, Mater. Res. Soc. Symp. Proc. 624 (2000) 65.

    Article  Google Scholar 

Download references

Author information

Authors and Affiliations

Authors

Corresponding author

Correspondence to P. J. Smith.

Rights and permissions

Reprints and permissions

About this article

Cite this article

Smith, P.J., Shin, DY., Stringer, J.E. et al. Direct ink-jet printing and low temperature conversion of conductive silver patterns. J Mater Sci 41, 4153–4158 (2006). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10853-006-6653-1

Download citation

  • Received:

  • Accepted:

  • Published:

  • Issue Date:

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10853-006-6653-1

Keywords

Navigation