Files in this item



application/pdfLin_Kevin.pdf (12MB)
(no description provided)PDF


Title:Stretchable, multimodal, large-area sensor arrays fabricated using excimer laser photoablation technologies
Author(s):Lin, Kevin L.
Director of Research:Jain, Kanti
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Jain, Kanti
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Bashir, Rashid; Eden, James G.; Jones, Douglas L.
Department / Program:Electrical & Computer Eng
Discipline:Electrical & Computer Engr
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Smart Skin
Sensor Array
Multimodal Sensor
microelectromechanical systems (MEMS)
Excimer Laser Photoablation
Stretchable Interconnects
Flexible Substrate
Capacitive MEMS Device
MEMS Pressure Sensor
Tactile Sensing
Structural Health Monitoring
InGaZnO Thin-Film Transistor
Abstract:Stretchable, multimodal, large-area sensor arrays can be utilized for many applications such as structural health monitoring of vehicles and infrastructure, tactile feedback for robotics, aerospace research and design, electronic textiles, tactile sensors for flexible displays, and low-cost sensors for consumer applications. These applications have a unique set of requirements, including support for multimodal sensory input, conformability to non-planar substrates, and low-cost, large area fabrication. This research investigates a novel microelectronic process for fabricating sensors and interconnects on polymer substrates, where metal patterns serve both as functional electrode layers and as in-situ masks for excimer laser photoablation. This approach reduces the number of processing steps and photomasks, is scalable for large-area arrays, and is adaptable for a variety of materials and designs. This novel process is used for interconnect and sensor fabrication. Rectilinear, meandering, and redundant interconnect structures have been designed, modeled, fabricated and tested to have a uniaxial stretchability of up to 50%. Numerous capacitive MEMS devices, including pressure sensors, shear stress sensors, and condenser microphones, have been modeled and fabricated. Individual 200 μm capacitive sensors show a capacitance change of 60 fF with an applied pressure of 500 kPa; these sensors also are fabricated as a sensor array to demonstrate successful readout of different pressure profiles. InGaZnO amorphous oxide semiconductor thin-film transistors are fabricated and tested using the same flexible substrate to demonstrate compatibility with active devices. The research concludes with large-area considerations including adaptability to large-area fabrication processes and design optimizations to maximize robustness and minimize vulnerability to defects.
Issue Date:2011-08-25
Rights Information:Copyright 2011 Kevin L. Lin
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-08-25
Date Deposited:2011-08

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Item Statistics