'Dip-pen' nanolithography

Richard D. Piner, Jin Zhu, Feng Xu, Seunghun Hong, Chad A. Mirkin*

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A direct-write 'dip-pen' nanolithography (DPN) has been developed to deliver collections of molecules in a positive printing mode. An atomic force microscope (AFM) tip is used to write alkanethiols with 30-nanometer linewidth resolution on a gold thin film in a manner analogous to that of a dip pen. Molecules are delivered from the AFM tip to a solid substrate of interest via capillary transport, making DPN a potentially useful tool for creating and functionalizing nanoscale devices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)661-663
Number of pages3
Issue number5402
StatePublished - Jan 29 1999

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