Porous membranes are being developed as template platforms for potential nano device applications, Specifically, polycarbonate (PC), aluminum oxide (alumina) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) membranes are being studied. Often physical vapor deposition (PVD) is used on one side of the membrane to act as a cathode for electrodeposition of a metal or conducting polymer. However, this is time consuming and the temperature required for PVD may affect the template material and cause delamination due to different coefficients of thermal expansion between the metal and membrane. Nickel and silver particles suspended in organic solvents are commercially available that can replace PVD. They offer the advantages of ease of use, fast drying times, and low cost. In addition, thermal problems caused by PVD are eliminated. Successful deposition of copper into PC and alumina nanopores is verified through SEM imaging and electrical conductivity tests. copyright The Electrochemical Society.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||7|
|State||Published - Dec 1 2006|
|Event||Electrodeposition of Nanoengineered Materials - 208th Electrochemical Society Meeting - Los Angeles, CA, United States|
Duration: Oct 16 2005 → Oct 21 2005
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