Duan Research Group

Hetero-integrated Nanostructures and Nanodevices


High-yield self-limiting single-nanowire assembly with dielectrophoresis

E. M. Freer, O. Grachev, X. Duan, S. Martin, and D.P. Stumbo

Nature Nanotech. 5, 525-530 (2010)

Single-crystal nanowire transistors and other nanowire-based devices could have applications in large-area and flexible electronics if conventional top-down fabrication techniques can be integrated with high-precision bottom-up nanowire assembly. Here, we extend dielectrophoretic nanowire assembly to achieve a 98.5% yield of single nanowires assembled over 16,000 patterned electrode sites with submicrometre alignment precision. The balancing of surface, hydrodynamic and dielectrophoretic forces makes the self-assembly process controllable, and a hydrodynamic force component makes it self-limiting. Our approach represents a methodology to quantify nanowire assembly, and makes single nanowire assembly possible over an area limited only by the ability to reproduce process conditions uniformly.
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