Nanotextured Polymer Substrate for Flexible and Mechanically Robust Metal Electrodes by Nanoimprint Lithography

Metal thin film electrodes on flexible polymer substrates are inherently unstable against humidity and mechanical stresses because of their poor adhesion properties. We introduce a novel approach for improving the adhesion characteristics of metal-polymer interface based on the nanostructuring of the polymer substrate by using nanoimprint lithography. The adhesion characteristics of metal-polymer interface were measured by accelerated test, cyclic bending test and double cantilever beam (DCB) test. The interface of Au/Ti dual layer thin film and nanoimprinted PMMA substrate shows over 2.03 and 1.95 times higher adhesion energy (G(c)) than that of Au/Ti dual layer thin film and plane PMMA substrate in air and wet environments, respectively. The adhesion energy between metal thin film and polymer substrate was dramatically improved by the increased surface roughness and mechanical interlocking effect of numerous nanoscale anchors at the edges of nanoimprinted surface, which was verified by both experiment and numerical analysis.
Publisher
AMER CHEMICAL SOC
Issue Date
2015-11
Language
ENG
Keywords

PLASMA TREATMENT; OXYGEN PLASMA; THIN-FILM; SOLAR-CELLS; ADHESION; SURFACE; TRANSPARENT; IMPROVEMENT; INTERFACES; NANOWIRES

Citation

ACS APPLIED MATERIALS INTERFACES, v.7, no.45, pp.25171 - 25179

ISSN
1944-8244
DOI
10.1021/acsami.5b06631
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10203/207474
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ME-Journal Papers(저널논문)
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