Soft-lithographic patterning of functional oxide and composite materials
Prof. Dr. Ing. D.H.A. Blank
Dr. Ir. J.E. ten Elshof
This thesis gives an overview of the progress made in recent years in the development of low-cost parallel patterning techniques for ceramic materials, silica, and organic-inorganic silsesquioxane-based hybrids from wet-chemical solutions and suspensions on the micrometer and nanometer scale. The emphasis of the discussion is placed on the application of soft- lithographic methods. In general, molding-based patterning approaches and surface modification-based patterning approaches can be distinguished. Lateral resolutions well below 100 nm have been accomplished with some of these methods, but the fabrication of high-aspect ratio patterns remains a challenge.