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Controlled placement and orientation of nanostructures

United States Patent

April 8, 2014
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A method for controlled deposition and orientation of molecular sized nanoelectromechanical systems (NEMS) on substrates is disclosed. The method comprised: forming a thin layer of polymer coating on a substrate; exposing a selected portion of the thin layer of polymer to alter a selected portion of the thin layer of polymer; forming a suspension of nanostructures in a solvent, wherein the solvent suspends the nanostructures and activates the nanostructures in the solvent for deposition; and flowing a suspension of nanostructures across the layer of polymer in a flow direction; thereby: depositing a nanostructure in the suspension of nanostructures only to the selected portion of the thin layer of polymer coating on the substrate to form a deposited nanostructure oriented in the flow direction. By selectively employing portions of the method above, complex NEMS may be built of simpler NEMSs components.
Zettl; Alex K. (Kensington, CA), Yuzvinsky; Thomas D. (Berkeley, CA), Fennimore; Adam M. (Berkeley, CA)
The Regents of the University of California (Oakland, CA)
11/ 466,528
August 23, 2006
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENTAL SUPPORT This invention was made during work supported by U.S. Department of Energy under Contract No. DE-AC02-05CH11231. The government has certain rights in this invention.