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Understanding and developing capabilities for large area and continuous micro contact printing

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dc.contributor.advisor David E. Hardt. en_US
dc.contributor.author Goel, Ambika en_US
dc.contributor.author Laxminarayanan, Sowmya en_US
dc.contributor.author Xia, Yun en_US
dc.contributor.other Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Mechanical Engineering. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2008-09-03T15:19:13Z
dc.date.available 2008-09-03T15:19:13Z
dc.date.copyright 2007 en_US
dc.date.issued 2007 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/42316
dc.description Thesis (M. Eng.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, 2007. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 141-143). en_US
dc.description.abstract Micro contact printing is a high spatial resolution-patterning tool that can be used for printing on large and non-planar surfaces because of which it has begun to find important applications in printed organic electronics and fiber optics. However, problems like achieving precise alignment and registration, air bubble trapping and low production rate still remain unresolved. The goal of this thesis is to conceptualize and implement a low cost solution to these problems to be used by a nano-technology based company in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In this dissertation, we first present an extensive literature review of soft lithography techniques, focusing more on micro-contact printing and critical factors for taking this technology from laboratory to commercial production. We then introduce another printing technique called flexography and discuss how this method when combined with micro contact printing can help in overcoming the above stated limitations and at the same time achieve high throughput rate at low cost. We propose a Flexography style micro contact printing mechanism with rotating cylindrical stamps enabling reel to reel processing. Finally, results from the experiments conducted to study the effect of parameters like ink concentration, speed and pressure on the print quality are documented. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Ambika Goel, Sowmya Laxminarayanan and Yun Xia. en_US
dc.format.extent 174 p. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
dc.rights M.I.T. theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. See provided URL for inquiries about permission. en_US
dc.rights.uri http://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/7582 en_US
dc.subject Mechanical Engineering. en_US
dc.title Understanding and developing capabilities for large area and continuous micro contact printing en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree M.Eng. en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Mechanical Engineering. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 232640781 en_US


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