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ERIC Number: EJ829103
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Selective Etching via Soft Lithography of Conductive Multilayered Gold Films with Analysis of Electrolyte Solutions
Gerber, Ralph W.; Oliver-Hoyo, Maria T.
Journal of Chemical Education, v85 n8 p1108-1111 Aug 2008
This experiment is designed to expose undergraduate students to the process of selective etching by using soft lithography and the resulting electrical properties of multilayered films fabricated via self-assembly of gold nanoparticles. Students fabricate a conductive film of gold on glass, apply a patterned resist using a polydimethylsiloxane stamp, and etch the unprotected gold. The resulting pattern is evaluated for changes in current, voltage flow, and resistance relative to the initial properties of the nonetched films. Students determine how changes in resistance applied to a conductive pattern affect the flow of current and voltage. Comparisons are made among different electrolyte solutions to demonstrate the electrical difference between strong, weak, and nonelectrolyte solutions, and how stronger electrolytes provide for better current flow. (Contains 2 figures and 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A