Bendable ultra-thin chips on flexible foils

Dahiya, R. and Gennaro, S. (2013) Bendable ultra-thin chips on flexible foils. IEEE Sensors Journal, 13(10), pp. 4030-4037. (doi:10.1109/JSEN.2013.2269028)

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This paper presents ultra-thin silicon chips (flex-chips) on flexible foils, realized through post-processing steps such as wafer thinning, dicing, and transferring the thinned chips to flexible polyimide foils. The cost effective chemical etching is adopted for wafer thinning and the transfer printing approach, to transfer quasi 1-D structures such as micro/nanoscale wires and ribbons, that is adapted for transferring large ultra-thin flex-chips (widths 4.5-15 mm, lengths 8-36 mm, and thickness ≈ 15 μm). The post-processing capability is demonstrated with passive structures such as metal interconnects realized on the flex-chips before carrying out the chip thinning step. The resistance values of metal interconnects do not show any appreciable change because of bending of chips for the tested range viz., radius of curvature 9 mm and above. Further, the bending mechanics of silicon membranes on foil is investigated to evaluate the bending limits before a mechanical fracture/failure occurs. The distinct advantages of this paper are: attaining bendability through post-processing of chips, cost effective fabrication process, and easy transfer of chips to the flexible substrates without using conventional and sophisticated equipment such as pick and place set up.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Dahiya, Professor Ravinder
Authors: Dahiya, R., and Gennaro, S.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Electronics and Nanoscale Engineering
Journal Name:IEEE Sensors Journal
ISSN (Online):1558-1748

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