Electrical Engineering
      and Computer Sciences

Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences


UC Berkeley


2010 Research Summary

Hybrid core-multishell nanowire forests for electrical connector applications

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Ali Javey, Rehan Kapadia, Hyunhyub Ko1, Yu-Lun Chueh2, Johnny Ho3, Toshitake Takahashi and Zhenxing Zhang4

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

Electrical connectors based on hybrid core-multishell nanowire forests that require low engagement forces are demonstrated. The physical binding and electrical connectivity of the nanowire electrical connectors arise from the van der Waals interactions between the conductive metallic shells of the engaged nanowire forests. Specifically, the nanofibrillar structure of the connectors causes an amplification of the contact area between the interpenetrating nanowire arrays, resulting in strong adhesion with relatively low interfacial resistance. The nanowire electrical connectors may enable the exploration of a wide range of applications involving reversible assembly of micro- and macroscale components with built-in electrical interfacing [1].

R. Kapadia, H. Ko, Y.-L. Chueh, J. C. Ho, T. Takahashi, Z. Zhang, A. Javey. "Hybrid core-multi-shell nanowire forests for electrical connector applications," Applied Physics Letters, 94, 263110, 2009.

1Postdoc; EECS Department
2Postdoc; EECS Department
3Graduate Student; MSE Department
4Visiting Scholar; EECS Department