Hybrid core-multishell nanowire forests for electrical connector applications

Rehan Kapadia, Hyunhyub Ko, Yu Lun Chueh, Johnny C. Ho, Toshitake Takahashi, Zhenxing Zhang, Ali Javey

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Article number263110
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number26
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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