Phenolic Resin Dual-Use Stamps for Capillary Stamping and Decal Transfer Printing

Leiming Guo, Jonas Klein, Jannis Thien, Michael Philippi, Markus Haase, Joachim Wollschläger, Martin Steinhart

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

4 Scopus citations


We report an optimized two-step thermopolymerization process carried out in contact with micropatterned molds that yields porous phenolic resin dual-use stamps with topographically micropatterned contact surfaces. With these stamps, two different parallel additive substrate manufacturing methods can be executed: capillary stamping and decal transfer microlithography. Under moderate contact pressures, the porous phenolic resin stamps are used for nondestructive ink transfer to substrates by capillary stamping. Continuous ink supply through the pore systems to the contact surfaces of the porous phenolic resin stamps enables multiple successive stamp–substrate contacts for lithographic ink deposition under ambient conditions. No deterioration of the quality of the deposited pattern occurs, and no interruptions for ink replenishment are required. Under a high contact pressure, porous phenolic resin stamps are used for decal transfer printing. In this way, the tips of the stamps’ contact elements are lithographically transferred to counterpart substrates. The granular nature of the phenolic resin facilitates the rupture of the contact elements upon stamp retraction. The deposited phenolic resin micropatterns characterized by abundance of exposed hydroxyl groups are used as generic anchoring sites for further application-specific functionalizations. As an example, we deposited phenolic resin micropatterns on quartz crystal microbalance resonators and further functionalized them with polyethylenimine for preconcentration sensing of humidity and gaseous formic acid. We envision that also preconcentration coatings for other sensing methods, such as attenuated total reflection infrared spectroscopy and surface plasmon resonance spectroscopy, are accessible by this functionalization algorithm.
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
StatePublished - Oct 7 2021

Bibliographical note

KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2021-10-13
Acknowledgements: The authors thank the European Research Council (ERCCoG-2014, Project 646742 INCANA) for funding. TIRF microscopy and image analysis was supported by the “Integrated Bioimaging Facility Osnabrück” funded by the German Research Foundation (PI 405/14-1).

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science


Dive into the research topics of 'Phenolic Resin Dual-Use Stamps for Capillary Stamping and Decal Transfer Printing'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this