Generation and Application Potential of Metal Nano-Lawn Structures

Stefan Fiedler1, Michael Zwanzig1, Ralf Schmidt1, Heiko Zimmermann2, Alisa Katsen-Globa2, Ulrike Gimsa3, Detlef Klimm4, and Jan Gimsa5

1Fraunhofer IZM Berlin, Dept. Board Interconnection Technologies, D-13355 Berlin, Germany,
2Fraunhofer IBMT, Dept. Cryobiophysics and Cryotechnology, D-66386 St. Ingbert, Germany,
3Medizinische Fakultät der Universität Rostock, Klinik und Poliklinik für Neurologie, D-18147 Rostock, Germany,
4Institut für Kristallzüchtung, D-12489 Berlin, Germany, and
5Institut für Biowissenschaften der Universität Rostock, Lehrstuhl für Biophysik, D-18059 Rostock, Germany




Known size effects of technologically important material properties still stimulate search for effective fabrication processes of nanosized materials and structures. At Fraunhofer IZM galvanic deposition has been used to produce submicrometer metal structures on nano-porous polymer templates. Wires and wire-decorated surfaces are currently under evaluation for the development of new microelectronic packaging technologies as well as applications in life sciences. First results indicate that gold "nano-lawn" can be attractive in microsystem technology for the generation of electrical interconnects, but also in analytical chemistry, cell biology and derived fields. Theoretical considerations will be discussed together with original work on metallic nanostructures and their applications.