Peel-And-stick: Mechanism study for efficient fabrication of flexible/ transparent thin-film electronics

Chi Hwan Lee, Jae Han Kim, Chenyu Zou, In Sun Cho, Jeffery M. Weisse, William Nemeth, Qi Wang, Adri C.T. Van Duin, Taek Soo Kim, Xiaolin Zheng

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Peel-And-stick process, or water-Assisted transfer printing (WTP), represents an emerging process for transferring fully fabricated thin-film electronic devices with high yield and fidelity from a SiO2/Si wafer to various non-Si based substrates, including papers, plastics and polymers. This study illustrates that the fundamental working principle of the peel-And-stick process is based on the water-Assisted subcritical debonding, for which water reduces the critical adhesion energy of metal-SiO2 interface by 70 , 80%, leading to clean and high quality transfer of thin-film electronic devices. Water-Assisted subcritical debonding is applicable for a range of metal-SiO2 interfaces, enabling the peel-And-stick process as a general and tunable method for fabricating flexible/transparent thin-film electronic devices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number2917
JournalScientific reports
StatePublished - Oct 10 2013

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  • General


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