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Title: Self-folding graphene-polymer bilayers

Abstract

In order to incorporate the extraordinary intrinsic thermal, electrical, mechanical, and optical properties of graphene with three dimensional (3D) flexible substrates, we introduce a solvent-driven self-folding approach using graphene-polymer bilayers. A polymer (SU-8) film was spin coated atop chemically vapor deposited graphene films on wafer substrates and graphene-polymer bilayers were patterned with or without metal electrodes using photolithography, thin film deposition, and etching. After patterning, the bilayers were released from the substrates and they self-folded to form fully integrated, curved, and folded structures. In contrast to planar graphene sensors on rigid substrates, we assembled curved and folded sensors that are flexible and they feature smaller form factors due to their 3D geometry and large surface areas due to their multiple rolled architectures. We believe that this approach could be used to assemble a range of high performance 3D electronic and optical devices of relevance to sensing, diagnostics, wearables, and energy harvesting.

Authors:
 [1];  [2];  [3];  [4];  [5];  [1];  [3];  [2]
  1. Institute of Microelectronics, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China)
  2. (United States)
  3. Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland 21218 (United States)
  4. Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland 21218 (United States)
  5. Department of Physics, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland 21218 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22402471
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Applied Physics Letters
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 106; Journal Issue: 20; Other Information: (c) 2015 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA); Journal ID: ISSN 0003-6951
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
75 CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS, SUPERCONDUCTIVITY AND SUPERFLUIDITY; 71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; DEPOSITION; ELECTRICAL PROPERTIES; ELECTRODES; ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT; ETCHING; FORM FACTORS; GRAPHENE; LAYERS; MECHANICAL PROPERTIES; METALS; OPTICAL PROPERTIES; POLYMERS; SENSORS; SUBSTRATES; THIN FILMS; VAPOR DEPOSITED COATINGS

Citation Formats

Deng, Tao, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland 21218, Yoon, ChangKyu, Jin, Qianru, Li, Mingen, Liu, Zewen, Gracias, David H., E-mail: dgracias@jhu.edu, and Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland 21218. Self-folding graphene-polymer bilayers. United States: N. p., 2015. Web. doi:10.1063/1.4921530.
Deng, Tao, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland 21218, Yoon, ChangKyu, Jin, Qianru, Li, Mingen, Liu, Zewen, Gracias, David H., E-mail: dgracias@jhu.edu, & Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland 21218. Self-folding graphene-polymer bilayers. United States. doi:10.1063/1.4921530.
Deng, Tao, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland 21218, Yoon, ChangKyu, Jin, Qianru, Li, Mingen, Liu, Zewen, Gracias, David H., E-mail: dgracias@jhu.edu, and Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland 21218. Mon . "Self-folding graphene-polymer bilayers". United States. doi:10.1063/1.4921530.
@article{osti_22402471,
title = {Self-folding graphene-polymer bilayers},
author = {Deng, Tao and Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland 21218 and Yoon, ChangKyu and Jin, Qianru and Li, Mingen and Liu, Zewen and Gracias, David H., E-mail: dgracias@jhu.edu and Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland 21218},
abstractNote = {In order to incorporate the extraordinary intrinsic thermal, electrical, mechanical, and optical properties of graphene with three dimensional (3D) flexible substrates, we introduce a solvent-driven self-folding approach using graphene-polymer bilayers. A polymer (SU-8) film was spin coated atop chemically vapor deposited graphene films on wafer substrates and graphene-polymer bilayers were patterned with or without metal electrodes using photolithography, thin film deposition, and etching. After patterning, the bilayers were released from the substrates and they self-folded to form fully integrated, curved, and folded structures. In contrast to planar graphene sensors on rigid substrates, we assembled curved and folded sensors that are flexible and they feature smaller form factors due to their 3D geometry and large surface areas due to their multiple rolled architectures. We believe that this approach could be used to assemble a range of high performance 3D electronic and optical devices of relevance to sensing, diagnostics, wearables, and energy harvesting.},
doi = {10.1063/1.4921530},
journal = {Applied Physics Letters},
issn = {0003-6951},
number = 20,
volume = 106,
place = {United States},
year = {2015},
month = {5}
}