Nanoscale deposition of solid inks via thermal dip pen nanolithography

P. E. Sheehan, L. J. Whitman, William P. King, Brent A. Nelson

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The nanoscale deposition of solid organic 'ink' was investigated using thermal dip pen nanolithography (tDPN). The deposition occurs only when the cantilver tip is heated above melting temperature of octadecylphosphonic acid (OPA) such that deposited structure does not spread significantly while cooling, which was revealed by postdeposition analysis. The single lines were found to be written with a width of 100 nm. The results show that tDPN allows local control of deposition and deposition of materials typically immobile at room temperature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1589-1591
Number of pages3
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number9
StatePublished - Aug 30 2004
Externally publishedYes


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