Scalable and cost-effective manufacturing of thin film devices

February 19, 2018 3:48 pm

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A new method developed by researchers at Rutgers University-New Brunswick and Oregon State University could lead to faster manufacturing of flexible film devices.

The “intense pulsed light sintering” method uses high-energy light over an area nearly 7,000 times larger than a laser to fuse nanomaterials in seconds. Nanomaterials are materials characterized by their tiny size, measured in nanometers. A nanometer is one millionth of a millimeter, or about 100,000 times smaller than the diameter of a human hair.

“The next step is to see whether other nanomaterial shapes, including flat flakes and triangles, will drive fusion temperatures even lower,” Malhotra said.


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