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Novel Chemistry for Surface Engineering in Mems

  • X.-Y. Zhu (a1) (a2), Y. Jun (a1), V. Boiadjiev (a1), R. Major (a1), H. I. Kim (a3) and J. E. Houston (a3)...

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It is well recognized that controlling surface forces is one of the key issues in the design, fabrication, and operation of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). In this report we present a novel strategy for the efficient assembly of organic monolayers onto silicon surfaces to control surface energy. This is achieved by the reaction between an alcohol functional group and a chlorinated Si surface. The resulting molecular monolayers are thermally and chemically stable. Surface adhesion energy on silicon is reduced by a factor of 40 by the monolayer coating and friction coefficient of the coated surface is only 0.013. The coatings are successfully demonstrated in adhesion reduction in a model MEMS structure: cantilever beam array (CBA). Polycrystalline beams with length up to 1.5 mm can be released.

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Novel Chemistry for Surface Engineering in Mems

  • X.-Y. Zhu (a1) (a2), Y. Jun (a1), V. Boiadjiev (a1), R. Major (a1), H. I. Kim (a3) and J. E. Houston (a3)...

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