Publication Date

Fall 2021

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)




Roger Terrill

Subject Areas



Developing suitable material precursors of reduced metal films plays an important role inflexible electronics. We introduce a relatively low-temperature sintering liquid material that may be used to pattern a conductive layer. The liquid material is made of oxidized metal carboxylate salts along with liquid amines or carboxylic acids. When heated above ca. 220 C, this material spontaneously decomposes into reduced metal and various gas-phase products. Inideal (albeit not this) cases, this yields an adherent, electrically conducting perfect metal mirror.Such materials, inks if you will, conserve metal and plate only where deposited, thus meeting an important ecological goal of metal conservation. Our aim is to prepare novel cobalt solution precursors and utilize them to pattern metal films. This involved the characterization of cobaltsolution precursors, monitoring the decomposition process, and studying the resulting metal films.