Photoreactive and Metal-Platable Copolymer Inks for High-Throughput, Room-Temperature Printing of Flexible Metal Electrodes for Thin-Film Electronics

You Yu, Xiang Xiao, Yaokang Zhang, Kan Li, Casey Yan, Xiaoling Wei, Lina Chen, Hongyu Zhen, Hang Zhou, Shengdong Zhang, Zijian Zheng

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A study reports the development of a new copolymer ink strategy that allows high-speed and low-temperature printing of metal electrodes. The key-enabling feature is the new bi-functional copolymer, which is designed to incorporate UV reactive ligands for selfcrosslinking and surface grafting, as well as metal-platable side groups for electroless deposition (ELD) of metal. The new copolymer, poly(4-methacryloyl benzophenone- co - 2-methacryloyloxy ethyltrimethylammonium chloride) [P(MBPco-METAC)], has been made via a simple and highly scalable two-step synthesis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4926-4934
Number of pages9
JournalAdvanced Materials
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016


  • copolymers
  • flexible electrodes
  • interfaces
  • polymer-assisted metal deposition
  • printed electronics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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