Electric field induced self assembly of polymer structures

Mo Yang, Cengiz S. Ozkan, Huajian Gao

Research output: Chapter in book / Conference proceedingConference article published in proceeding or bookAcademic researchpeer-review


We have developed a method for fabricating polymer microstructures based on electric field induced self assembly and pattern formation. A dielectric fluid placed in between to conductive plates experiences a force in an applied electric field gradient across the plates, which can induce a diffusive surface instability and self construction of the fluid surface. This process is exploited for the fabrication of self assembled polymer microstructures as well as replicated patterns through the use of pre-patterned plates or electrodes. For directed pattern transfer, patterned ITO substrates were used. The method described can be used to fabricate a variety of structures in the micron and nanometer scales including bio-fluidic MEMS, polymer optoelectronic devices and patterned templates for nanolithography.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2003 Nanotechnology Conference and Trade Show - Nanotech 2003
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2003
Externally publishedYes
Event2003 Nanotechnology Conference and Trade Show - Nanotech 2003 - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: 23 Feb 200327 Feb 2003


Conference2003 Nanotechnology Conference and Trade Show - Nanotech 2003
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA


  • MEMS
  • Self assembly
  • Template replication

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)


Dive into the research topics of 'Electric field induced self assembly of polymer structures'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this