Instant Interfacial Self-Assembly for Homogeneous Nanoparticle Monolayer Enabled Conformal ‘lift on’ Thin Film Technology

Liping Song, Ben Bin Xu, Qian Cheng, Xiaoyuan Wang, Xiaoning Luo, Sherry Chen, Tao Chen, Youju Huang*

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Abstract

Thin film fabrication is of great importance in the modern engineering. Here, we propose a universal and conformal thin film technique enabled by the wetting empowered interfacial self-assembly. By tailoring the contact angle of nanoparticle (NP), a NP monolayer can be assembled instantly (within 5 seconds) with an excellent harvesting efficiency (up to 97.5 wt%). This self-assembly strategy presents a universal applicability on various materials, e.g. non-metal, metal and core-shell structures, and can achieve a monolayer with same in-plane area as 4-inch wafer in a single process, indicating great potential for scale-up manufacturing. Through a template transfer, we coat the surface of different substrates (plastic, paper, etc.) with the assembled film in a conformal and non-destructive ‘lift-on’ manner and subsequently demonstrate fluorescent micropatterns. This self-assembly strategy has great implications in advancing thin film technology with a user-friendly and cost-effective fashion, for the applications in anti-counterfeiting, actuators, and wearable/flexible electronics
Original languageEnglish
JournalScience advances
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 3 Nov 2021

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