Scanning Probe Contact Printing

Xuefeng Wang, Kee S. Ryu, David A. Bullen, Jun Zou, Hua Zhang, Chad A. Mirkin*, Chang Liu

*Corresponding author for this work

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This paper reports a scanning probe contact printing (SP-CP) method for generating submicron patterns. It uses a novel scanning probe with an integrated elastomeric tip to transfer chemical materials onto a substrate. The SP-CP method combines the advantages of microcontact printing and dip-pen nanolithography to generate monolayer features chemisorbed on a gold surface. Arbitrary, connected features such as lines or blocks can be formed by connecting multiple dots, analogous to dot-matrix printing. We discuss the design and fabrication of the novel probes for SP-CP and how they can be used to generate sub-500-nm dots and lines of 1-octadecanethiol on a gold surface.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8951-8955
Number of pages5
Issue number21
StatePublished - Oct 14 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Spectroscopy
  • Electrochemistry


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