Effect of Carboxylic Acids on Reactive Transfer Printing of Copper Formate Ink

Yitzchak S. Rosen, Shlomo Magdassi

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During decomposition of copper formate, a volatile intermediate is formed, that can be utilized to fabricate conductive copper lines for electrical interconnections. By the method called Reactive Transfer Printing (RTP), a pattern of copper (II) formate was printed, and placed adjacent to a second surface; decomposition of the printed pattern led to a transfer of copper to the second substrate. It was found that the yield of the transfer process improved due to presence of several carboxylic acids which are liquid with a high boiling point. Furthermore we found that the transport of copper starts at a lower temperature than previously reported, indicating that the first decomposition step of copper formate is related to the catalytic decomposition of formic acid on a copper surface. The findings enable printing of conductive copper patterns onto the interior surface of a glass vessel.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)261-267
Number of pages7
JournalMRS Advances
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2018

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  • Cu
  • chemical vapor deposition (CVD) (chemical reaction)


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