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Inflight Fluidic Fibre Printing Towards Array and 3D Optoelectronic and Sensing Architectures

submitted on 10.03.2020, 17:45 and posted on 11.03.2020, 11:52 by Andy Wang, Karim Ouarus, Alexandra L. Rutz, xia li, Magda Gerigk, Tobias Naegele, George Malliaras, yan yan shery huang
Scalability and device-integration have been prevailing issues limiting our ability in harnessing the full potential of small-diameter conducting fibres. We report inflight fluidic fibre printing, a rapid, low-cost route that integrates the entire process of conducting fibre production and fibre-to-circuit connection, in a single step under sub-100 °C ambient atmospheres. Metallic (silver) or organic (PEDOT:PSS) fibres with 1-3 μm diameter are fabricated, and the fibre arrays exhibit over 95 % transmittance in the 350-750 nm region. We exploit combinations of the unique fibre characteristics: directionality, high surface-area-to-volume ratio, and permissiveness, along with transparency and conductivity. Using PEDOT:PSS fibres as a cell-interfaced impedimetric
sensor and a moisture sensor, we show that even a single fibre component can achieve complex functions or outperform conventional film-based devices. The capability to design suspended fibres and networks of homo-, hetero- cross-junctions, paves the way to applications including
flow-permissive devices, and 3D optoelectronic and sensor architectures.


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