Development of catalytic stamp lithography for nanoscale patterning of organic monolayers

  • Author / Creator
    Mizuno, Hidenori
  • Nanoscale patterning of organic molecules has received considerable attention in current nanoscience for a broad range of technological applications. In order to provide a viable approach, this thesis describes catalytic stamp lithography, a novel soft-lithographic process that can easily produce sub-100 nm patterns of organic monolayers on surfaces. Catalytic stamps were fabricated through a two-step procedure in which the nanoscale patterns of transition metal catalysts are first produced on SiOx/Si surfaces via the use of self-assembled block-copolymers, followed by the production of the poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) stamps on top of the as-patterned metals. Simply peeling off the as-formed PDMS stamps removes the metallic nanostructures, leading to the functional stamps. A number of different patterns with various metals were produced from a commercially available family of block copolymers, polystyrene-block-poly-2-vinylpyridine, by controlling the morphology of thin-film templates through the modulation of molecular weights of polymer blocks or solvent vapor annealing. Using these catalytic stamps, hydrosilylation-based catalytic stamp lithography was first demonstrated. When terminal alkenes, alkynes, or aldehydes were utilized as molecular inks, the metallic (Pt or Pd) nanopatterns on catalytic stamps were translated into corresponding molecular arrays on H-terminated Si(111) or Si(100) surfaces. Since localized catalytic hydrosilylations took place exclusively underneath the patterned metallic nanostructures, the pattern formations were not affected by ink diffusion and stamp deformation even at the sub-20 nm scale, while maintaining the advantages of the stamp-based patterning (i.e., large-area, high-throughput capabilities, and low-cost). The concept of catalytic stamp lithography was further extended with other catalytic reactions, and successful nanoscale patterning was performed using hydrogenation (on azide-terminated SiOx surfaces) and the Heck reaction (on alkene- or bromphenyl-terminated SiOx surfaces). A range of nanopatterned surfaces with different chemical functionalities, including thiol, amine, and acid, were created, and they were further modified through appropriate chemical reactions. The potential utility of this simple approach for the construction of a higher degree of nanoarchitectures was suggested.

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    Doctor of Philosophy
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    University of Alberta
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    • Department of Chemistry
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Buriak, Jillian (Chemistry)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Veinot, Jonathan (Chemistry)
    • Cadien, Kenneth (Chemical and Materials Engineering)
    • Gates, Byron (Chemistry)
    • Harrison, Jed (Chemistry)
    • Bergens, Steven (Chemistry)