Structural, optical, and electrical properties of silver gratings prepared by nanoimprint lithography of nanoparticle ink

Fionnuala McGrath, Jing Qian, Kelsey Gwynne, Cindy Kumah, Dermot Daly, Calin Hrelescu, Xia Zhang, Deirdre M. O'Carroll, A. Louise Bradley

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Abstract

A facile method for fabrication of silver gratings using silver nanoparticle ink and nanoimprint lithography is investigated. The properties of silver nanoparticle ink grating and planar samples, with and without a PMMA layer, are compared with thermally evaporated silver on nanoimprinted PMMA. The grating pattern is successfully fabricated using nanoimprint lithography with the silver nanoparticle ink directly on a glass substrate and on a PMMA layer. We find that the use of PMMA adversely affects the structural, optical and electrical properties of the silver nanoparticle planar surfaces and gratings. Gratings nanoimprinted directly into silver nanoparticle ink on a glass substrate are found to have similar performance to gratings produced by thermal evaporation of silver on nanoimprinted PMMA and benefit from an easier fabrication process. The silver nanoparticle ink shows promise for the fabrication of patterned silver thin films and may be useful for upscaling and roll-to-roll processes.

Original languageEnglish
Article number147892
JournalApplied Surface Science
Volume537
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 30 2021

Keywords

  • Gratings
  • Ink
  • Nanoimprint lithography
  • Nanoparticle
  • Silver

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films

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