ULTRA-CONFORMAL MICROPRINT AND ULTRA-CONFORMAL MICROPRINT TRANSFERRING

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ULTRA-CONFORMAL MICROPRINT AND ULTRA-CONFORMAL MICROPRINT TRANSFERRING

This invention is a new method of transferring (“transfer printing”) microstructures or
micropatterns created on a first surface onto a second receiving surface, where the second surface may be highly uneven or curved or in some other way incompatible with the fabrication process requirements of the structures or patterns. The method relies on a transfer material poured over and set on the first surface. The transfer material is then removed together with the now embedded structures/patterns and placed in contact with the second surface. The transfer material specifically has a low-temperature glass transition temperature such that it can be easily reflowed
(“melted”) around second surface, proving ultra-conformal contact. Finally, the transfer material is dissolved away in a benign solvent (often water), leaving the structures /patterns transfer printed over the second surface.
NOTE: Throughout, the use of the word “melt” is taken colloquially to mean raising the transfer
material to a temperature near its glass transition temperature. I.e., “melt” as used here is not the scientific definition which applies only to crystal structures with a discrete melting temperature, but rather it is intended to refer instead to the gradual continuous softening behavior observable in amorphous glassy materials around their glass transition temperature, Tg.

Patent Abstract: 

A method of transferring (“transfer printing”) microstructures or patterns created on a first
surface onto a second receiving surface, where the second surface may be highly uneven or
curved or in some other way incompatible with the fabrication process requirements of the
structures or patterns. The method relies on a transfer material poured over and set on the first
surface. The transfer material is then removed together with the now embedded
structures/patterns and placed in contact with the second surface. The transfer material
specifically has a low-temperature glass transition temperature such that it can be easily reflowed (“melted”) around second surface, proving ultra-conformal contact. Finally, the transfer material is dissolved away in a benign solvent (e.g. water), leaving the structures/patterns transfer printed over the second surface.

Inventors: 

Zabow, Gary

Internal Laboratory Ref #: 
20-006
Patent Status: 
Published Patent Application
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