We report on the development of a nanoplotter that consists of an array of microfabricated probes for parallel dip-pen nanolithography. Two types of device have been developed by using microelectromechanical systems micromachining technology. The first consists of 32 silicon nitride cantilevers separated by 100 μm, while the second consists of eight boron-doped silicon tips separated by 310 μm. The former offers writing and imaging capabilities, but is challenged with respect to tip sharpness. The latter offers smaller linewidths and increased imaging capabilities at the expense of probe density. Parallel generation of nanoscopic monolayer patterns with a minimum linewidth of 60 nm has been demonstrated using an eight-pen microfabricated probe array.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Materials Science(all)
- Mechanics of Materials
- Mechanical Engineering
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering