Relaxor ferroelectric polymers, thin film devices, and ink-jet microprinting for thin film device fabrication

Shihai Zhang, Bret Neese, Kailiang Ren, Baojin Chu, Feng Xia, T. Xu, Srinivas Tadigadapa, Qing Wang, Q. M. Zhang, F. Bauer

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The relaxor ferroelectric polymer, based on poly(vinylidene fluoride-trifluoroethylene- chlorofluoroethylene) (P(VDF-TrFE-CFE)) terpolymer, exhibits high electromechanical response and dielectric response, suitable for a wide range of army applications such as micro-actuators, high efficiency pulse power capacitors, and solid state cooling devices. Recent experimental results show that with a simple blends approach, the terpolymer glass transition temperature can be raised quite markedly, resulting in a significant increase in the elastic modulus and consequently the elastic energy density, while the polarization response and electrostrictive strain remaining nearly the same. Utilizing the high electromechanical response, thin film microactuators and micropumps were fabricated, which showed very high microactuator displacement and force capability in comparison with the traditional piezoceramic based microdevices. Ink-jet microprinting technique was investigated for the fabrication of thin film devices and with a proper control of the solution conditions and surface chemistry, thin films with feature size down to less than 30 m can be fabricated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)43-56
Number of pages14
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2006
EventProceedings of the U.S. Army Workshop on Advanced Active Thin Films For Meso-Micro Scale Applications - Destin, FL, United States
Duration: May 10 2005May 12 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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