The Effect of Laser Sintering Process Parameters on Cu Nanoparticle Ink in Room Conditions


Copper is an interesting material for printed electronics inks because, for example, of its good conductivity and lower raw material price compared to silver. However, post-processing Cu inks is challenging because of non-conductive copper oxide. In this work, inkjet-printed Cu nanoparticle structures were sintered on a polyimide substrate with a continuous-wave 808-nm diode laser. Laser sintering was tested by varying the sintering parameters (optical power and scanning velocity), and the electrical resistance of the samples was measured. A minimum sheet resistance of approx.90 mΩ/□ was obtained. All tests were run in room conditions. Sintered structures were then analyzed from SEM images. Results showed that laser sintering produces good repeatability, that a scanning velocity increment positively affects the process window, and that multiple sintering cycles do not increase conductivity.

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E. Halonen, E. Heinonen and M. Mäntysalo, "The Effect of Laser Sintering Process Parameters on Cu Nanoparticle Ink in Room Conditions," Optics and Photonics Journal, Vol. 3 No. 4A, 2013, pp. 40-44. doi: 10.4236/opj.2013.34A007.

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