Abstract An alternative low-cost replacement for silver and gold conductive inks is of great interest to the printed electronics industry. Nanoparticle copper inks and silver-coated nano-copper inks are some of the alternative materials being tested for use, especially in
applications where low-temperature flexible substrates are favored. Although the inkjettability of nano-copper ink and the influence on print quality has been reported, information regarding the relationship between the ink film thickness and the energy required for sintering by intensive
pulse light is not yet understood. In this study, an inkjettable nano-copper ink was printed on PET (polyethyleneterephthalate) and glass, and the samples were sintered using bursts of high-intensity pulsed light. The amount of energy applied determined the degree of sintering among particles.
The greater the number of sintered nanoparticles, the higher is the conductivity of the printed traces. A comparison of energy levels required for sintering on glass and PET in relationship to the ink film thickness is reported, and the thermal contribution of the substrate to the processing
energy requirements of this ink is revealed.