Sol-Gel Ink Patterning Using Fountain-Pen NanolithographyPublic Deposited
This research investigated the feasibility of patterning with sol-gels using a nanofountain probe in an atomic force microscope. Two oxide sols — barium titanate and cobalt ferrite — were used as inks in patterning tests using fountain-pen nanolithography (FPN). This was shown to be a suitable method of depositing sol-gels on silicon, silicon nitride, and gold substrates. One area of further study might involve the effects of environmental conditions such as relative humidity on sol-gel ink patterning using FPN.