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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 25 — Dec. 16, 2013
  • pp: 31029–31035

3D fabrication of all-polymer conductive microstructures by two photon polymerization

Kestutis Kurselis, Roman Kiyan, Victor N. Bagratashvili, Vladimir K. Popov, and Boris N. Chichkov  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 25, pp. 31029-31035 (2013)

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A technique to fabricate electrically conductive all-polymer 3D microstructures is reported. Superior conductivity, high spatial resolution and three-dimensionality are achieved by successive application of two-photon polymerization and in situ oxidative polymerization to a bi-component formulation, containing a photosensitive host matrix and an intrinsically conductive polymer precursor. By using polyethylene glycol diacrylate (PEG-DA) and 3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene (EDOT), the conductivity of 0.04 S/cm is reached, which is the highest value for the two-photon polymerized all-polymer microstructures to date. The measured electrical conductivity dependency on the EDOT concentration indicates percolation phenomenon and a three-dimensional nature of the conductive pathways. Tunable conductivity, biocompatibility, and environmental stability are the characteristics offered by PEG-DA/EDOT blends which can be employed in biomedicine, MEMS, microfluidics, and sensorics.

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OCIS Codes
(160.5470) Materials : Polymers
(220.4000) Optical design and fabrication : Microstructure fabrication
(220.4610) Optical design and fabrication : Optical fabrication
(160.4236) Materials : Nanomaterials
(050.6875) Diffraction and gratings : Three-dimensional fabrication

ToC Category:
Optical Design and Fabrication

Original Manuscript: October 17, 2013
Revised Manuscript: November 4, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: November 11, 2013
Published: December 9, 2013

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Kestutis Kurselis, Roman Kiyan, Victor N. Bagratashvili, Vladimir K. Popov, and Boris N. Chichkov, "3D fabrication of all-polymer conductive microstructures by two photon polymerization," Opt. Express 21, 31029-31035 (2013)

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