It is well recognized that controlling surface forces is one of the key issues in the design, fabrication, and operation of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). In this report we present a novel strategy for the efficient assembly of organic monolayers onto silicon surfaces to control surface energy. This is achieved by the reaction between an alcohol functional group and a chlorinated Si surface. The resulting molecular monolayers are thermally and chemically stable. Surface adhesion energy on silicon is reduced by a factor of 40 by the monolayer coating and friction coefficient of the coated surface is only 0.013. The coatings are successfully demonstrated in adhesion reduction in a model MEMS structure: cantilever beam array (CBA). Polycrystalline beams with length up to 1.5 mm can be released.
|Journal||Materials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings|
|Publication status||Published - 2001|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Materials Science(all)
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Mechanics of Materials
- Mechanical Engineering