A1 Journal article (refereed)
A liquid alkoxide precursor for the atomic layer deposition of aluminum oxide films (2020)

Cao, L., Mattelaer, F., Sajavaara, T., Dendooven, J., & Detavernier, C. (2020). A liquid alkoxide precursor for the atomic layer deposition of aluminum oxide films. Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology A, 38(2), Article 022417. https://doi.org/10.1116/1.5139631

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All authors or editors: Cao, LiAo; Mattelaer, Felix; Sajavaara, Timo; Dendooven, Jolien; Detavernier, Christophe

Journal or series: Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology A

ISSN: 0734-2101

eISSN: 1520-8559

Publication year: 2020

Volume: 38

Issue number: 2

Article number: 022417

Publisher: American Institute of Physics

Publication country: United States

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1116/1.5139631

Publication open access: Not open

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Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/67941


For large-scale atomic layer deposition (ALD) of alumina, the most commonly used alkyl precursor trimethylaluminum poses safety issues due to its pyrophoric nature. In this work, the authors have investigated a liquid alkoxide, aluminum tri-sec-butoxide (ATSB), as a precursor for ALD deposition of alumina. ATSB is thermally stable and the liquid nature facilitates handling in a bubbler and potentially enables liquid injection toward upscaling. Both thermal and plasma enhanced ALD processes are investigated in a vacuum type reactor by using water, oxygen plasma, and water plasma as coreactants. All processes achieved ALD deposition at a growth rate of 1–1.4 Å/cycle for substrate temperatures ranging from 100 to 200 °C. Film morphology, surface roughness, and composition have been studied with different characterization techniques.

Keywords: thin films; atomic layer deposition; aluminium

Free keywords: plasma processing; atomic layer deposition

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Ministry reporting: Yes

Reporting Year: 2020

JUFO rating: 1

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