Laser-induced forward transfer

LIFT is a versatile direct-write technique enabling high-resolution printing from a variety of functional materials. Our research focuses on blister-actuated LIFT, where a polymer layer absorbs the laser and deforms plastically to initiate transfer. We investigate the fundamental transfer mechanisms through time-resolved imaging and CFD modeling, and explore potential avenues for optimization.

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    1. M. S. Brown, C. F. Brasz, Y. Ventikos, and C. B. Arnold, "Impulsively actuated jets from thin liquid films for high-resolution printing applications" J. Fluid Mech., doi: 10.1017/jfm.2012.337 | Full text | View at publisher
    2. N. T. Kattamis, M. S. Brown, and C. B. Arnold, “Finite element analysis of blister formation in laser-induced forward transfer,” J. Mater. Res., 26, 2438-2449 (2011) | Full text | View at publisher
    3. M. S. Brown, N. T. Kattamis, and C. B. Arnold, “Time-resolved dynamics of laser induced microjets from thin liquid films,” In Press, Microfluid. Nanofluid. (2011) | Full text | View at publisher
    4. N. T. Kattamis, N. D. McDaniel, S. Bernhard, and C. B. Arnold, “Ambient laser direct-write printing of a patterned organometallic electroluminescent device” Organic Electronics, 12, 1152-1158 (2011) | Full text | View at publisher
    5. A. Atre and C. B. Arnold, “Texturing of LiCoO2 Through Laser Induced Forward Transfer for Printed Microbatteries”, in Laser-based micro- and nanopackaging and assembly, ed. W. Pfleging, Y. Lu, and K. Washio, International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE), 7921, 792122 (2011) | Full text
    6. M. S. Brown, N. T. Kattamis, and C. B. Arnold, "Time resolved study of polyimide absorption layers for blister actuated laser induced forward transfer," J. Appl. Phys, 107, 083103 (2010) | Full text | View at publisher
    7. N. Kattamis, N. McDaniel, S. Bernhard, and C. B. Arnold, “Laser direct-write printing of sensitive and robust light emitting organic molecules,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 94, 103306 (2009) | Full text | View at publisher
    8. N. Kattamis, P. Purnick, R. Weiss, and C. B. Arnold, “Thick-film laser induced forward transfer for deposition of thermally and mechanically delicate materials,” Appl Phys. Lett. 91, 171120 (2007) | Full text
    9. C. B. Arnold and A. Piqué, “Laser Direct-write Processing,” MRS Bulletin, 32, 9-11 (2007) | Full text
    10. C. B. Arnold, P. Serra, and A. Piqué, “Laser direct-write of complex materials,” MRS Bulletin, 32, 23-31(2007) | Full text