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Vertical Thermopiles Embedded in a Polyimide-Based Flexible Circuit Board
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Micro Structural Technology.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Micro Structural Technology.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Micro Structural Technology.
2007 (English)In: Journal of microelectromechanical systems, ISSN 1057-7157, E-ISSN 1941-0158, Vol. 16, no 6, 1341-1348 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A fabrication process for vertical thermopiles embedded in a 75-mu m-thick polyimide foil has been developed for flexible printed circuit boards (flex PCBs). The vertical connections consist of electrodeposited antimony- and nickel-plated through-hole vias. The plated through-hole vias consist of multiple wires, with a total metal content that is 1% of the total via volume. The via fabrication technique is similar to standard flex PCB wet etch and metallization processes. The main difference is that the foils are pretreated with ion irradiation to induce highly selective vertical etch rates. The thermopiles were characterized by measuring their voltage response to an applied temperature difference across the foil thickness.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2007. Vol. 16, no 6, 1341-1348 p.
Keyword [en]
flexible printed circuit boards (flex PCBs), plated through-hole vias, polyimide foils, thermoelectricity
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Engineering and Technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-96877DOI: 10.1109/JMEMS.2007.907783ISI: 000252012800006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-96877DiVA: diva2:171605
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Available from: 2008-03-19 Created: 2008-03-19 Last updated: 2016-04-19
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1. High Aspect Ratio Microstructures in Flexible Printed Circuit Boards: Process and Applications
Open this publication in new window or tab >>High Aspect Ratio Microstructures in Flexible Printed Circuit Boards: Process and Applications
2008 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Flexible printed circuit boards (flex PCBs) are used in a wide range of electronic devices today due to their light weight, bendability, extensive wiring possibilities, and low-cost manufacturing techniques. The general trend in the flex PCB industry is further miniaturization alongside increasing functionality per device and reduced costs. To meet these demands, a new generation of low cost manufacturing technologies is being developed to enable structures with smaller lateral dimensions and higher packing densities.

Wet etching is today the most cost-efficient method for producing a large number of through-foil structures in flex PCBs. However, conventional wet etch techniques do not allow for through-foil structures with aspect ratios over 1 – a fact that either necessitates thin and mechanically weak foils or puts severe limitations on the packing density. The fabrication techniques presented in this thesis allow for through-foil structures with higher aspect ratios and packing densities using wet etching. To achieve high aspect ratios with wet etching, the flex PCB foils are pre-treated with irradiation by swift heavy ions. Each ion that passes through the foil leaves a track of damaged material which can be subsequently etched to form highly vertical pores. By using conventional flex PCB process techniques on the porous foils, high aspect ratio metallized through-foil structures are demonstrated.

The resulting structures consist of multiple sub-micrometer sized wires. These structures are superior to their conventional counterparts when it comes to their higher aspect ratios, higher possible packing densities and low metallic cross-section. Furthermore, metallized through-foil structures with larger areas and more complicated geometries are possible without losing the mechanical stability of the foil. This in turn enables applications that are not possible using conventional techniques and structures. In this thesis, two such applications are demonstrated: flex PCB vertical thermopile sensors and substrate integrated waveguides for use in millimeter wave applications.

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Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2008. 58 p.
Series
Digital Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Science and Technology, ISSN 1651-6214 ; 407
Keyword
Engineering physics, flexible printed circuit boards, polyimide, through-hole vias, ion track technology, thermoelectricity, thermopiles, substrate integrated waveguides, millimeter wave devices, Teknisk fysik
National Category
Other Engineering and Technologies
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urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-8565 (URN)978-91-554-7127-9 (ISBN)
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2008-04-11, SiegbahnSalen, Ångströmlaboratoriet, Lägerhyddsvägen 1, Uppsala, 09:30
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