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Printable Systems: Materials and Methods

Research in printing materials and devices is driven by the desire to lower costs for everyday applications, where demands for high-reliability or minituarization are secondary.

At the INT we work on printing electronic devices based on inorganic nanomaterials, a field in which we have proven some of the more common beliefs to be incorrect, in particular, that electrochemical gating using solid electrolytes is not the limiting factor in device performance. We also work with novel printing technologies such as Polymer Pen Lithography, which produces lateral structures at dimensions of about 5 micrometers, much smaller than conventional printing technologies.

Additionally, we coordinate the Helmholtz Virtual Institute in Printed Electronics, with the aim of developing interdisciplinary cooperation concepts for the manufacture of commercially relevant printed circuits.


Research Projects | Publications

lipid dip-pen nanolithography
Dip-Pen Nanolithography and Related Techniques

Chemical modification of surfaces and devices by dip-pen nanolithography and polymer pen lithography

Michael Hirtz
Harald Fuchs

printed electronics
Printed Electronics

Solution-processed, printed oxide, and novel dielectrics for printed and nanowire electronics

Ben Breitung
Horst Hahn


mechano–electrochemical pen
Nanocontact Printing and AFM Nanolithography

The atomic force microscope as a mechano-electrochemical pen

Matthias Barczweski
Thomas Schimmel