On-chip nanostructuring and impedance trimming of transparent and flexible ITO electrodes by laser induced coherent sub-20 nm cuts
In this work, the effect of laser-induced nanostructuring of transparent indium tin oxide (ITO) electrodes on flexible glass is investigated. Multi-electrode arrays (MEA) for electrical and optical characterization of biological cells were fabricated using standard MEMS technologies. Optimal sputter parameters concerning oxygen flow, sputter power and ambient pressure for ITO layers with both good optical and electrical properties were determined. Afterwards, coherent sub-20 nm wide and 150 nm deep nanocuts of many micrometers in length were generated within the ITO electrodes by a sub-15 femtosecond (fs) pulsed laser. The influence of laser processing on the electrical and optical properties of electrodes was investigated. The electrochemical impedance of the manufactured electrodes was measured before and after laser modification using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. A small reduction in electrode impedance was observed. These nanostructured electrodes show also polarizing effects by the visible spectrum.