Laser Direct Writing and Selective Metallization of Metallic Circuits for Integrated Wireless Devices

Jinguang Cai, Chao Lv, Akira Watanabe

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    Portable and wearable devices have attracted wide research attention due to their intimate relations with human daily life. As basic structures in the devices, the preparation of high-conductive metallic circuits or micro-circuits on flexible substrates should be facile, cost-effective, and easily integrated with other electronic units. In this work, high-conductive carbon/Ni composite structures were prepared by using a facile laser direct writing method, followed by an electroless Ni plating process, which exhibit a 3-order lower sheet resistance of less than 0.1 ohm/sq compared to original structures before plating, showing the potential for practical use. The carbon/Ni composite structures exhibited a certain flexibility and excellent anti-scratch property due to the tight deposition of Ni layers on carbon surfaces. On the basis of this approach, a wireless charging and storage device on a polyimide film was demonstrated by integrating an outer rectangle carbon/Ni composite coil for harvesting electromagnetic waves and an inner carbon micro-supercapacitor for energy storage, which can be fast charged wirelessly by a commercial wireless charger. Furthermore, a near-field communication (NFC) tag was prepared by combining a carbon/Ni composite coil for harvesting signals and a commercial IC chip for data storage, which can be used as an NFC tag for practical application.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)915-924
    Number of pages10
    JournalACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2018 Jan 10


    • electroless Ni plating
    • integrated devices
    • laser direct writing
    • near-field communication tag
    • wireless charging and storage

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Materials Science(all)


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