Thursday, September 29, 2016

Prof. Ruud van Ommen Mini Symposium and inaugural lecture: “From Chemical Engineering to Scalable Nanotechnology”

Mini symposium on scalable production of nanostructured materials on October 28th, 2016 

On the 28th of October Prof. Ruud van Ommen gives his inaugural lecture: “From Chemical Engineering to Scalable Nanotechnology” at 15:00 in the Aula of TU Delft. In connection with this special event, we organize a mini-symposium “Scalable Production of Nanostructured Materials” on the same day starting at 09:00 in the Kronigzaal. For registration or questions you can contact Samir Salameh or Melvin ten Kate at Click here for more details. 

 Prof. Ruud van Ommen, TU  Delft.

"Making gold into ... gold: the new alchemy by ALD" by Prof. Sean Barry, Carleton University, Canada. (Photo by Riikka Puurunen)

Samsung & LG Move To ALD for OLED encapsulation may push Applied Materials out of the market

Here is yet another a recent follow up on the rumor that Samsung Electronics and LG Display will move to ALD Encapsulation (and drop PECVD) from Seeking Alpha (Summary below) : LINK
  • Samsung Electronics and LG Display have indicated a move to atomic layer deposition for encapsulation of flexible OLED displays.
  • Applied Materials makes competing equipment and the move by these OLED titans will eliminate the need for equipnent from Applied Materials.
  • Veeco may be the main beneficiary as Samsung has been developing its encapsulation process on Veeco equipment.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Beneq offer Smartphone OLED encapsulation with ultrafast spatial ALD

Here is a follow up on the recent media reports in the induistry that we will soon see ALD encapsulated OLED smartphone screeens by Apple and Samsung.


BENEQ: Ultimate OLED encapsulation with ultrafast spatial ALD

When the consumer electronics industry moves towards flexible solutions, encapsulation of flexible OLED displays against moisture permeation is one of the most difficult challenges. Totally conformal and pinhole-free ALD barrier films are ideal for ensuring a long lifetime for flexible OLEDs. They provide better barriers than traditional thick CVD solutions and much thinner coatings than the complex multi-layer PECVD barrier film alternatives.

But the coating quality of ALD thin films has actually never been the point of concern – the high encapsulation performance is widely accepted. The question in the consumer electronics business has been whether ALD can be productive enough. What has now changed?

The advances in low temperature plasma ALD processing and spatial ALD as a means to increase the equipment productivity have transformed ALD-based barrier coatings from a research topic to a viable encapsulation alternative in mass production. The high capacity of the latest spatial ALD solutions has brought the cost of ownership of ALD to acceptable levels also for consumer electronics applications.
Please check ot BENEQ Blog for the complete story here:

Picosun launch heat conducting ‘phonon superhighway’ ALD technology

ESPOO, Finland, 28th September, 2016 – Picosun Oy, the leading provider of high quality industrial ALD (Atomic Layer Deposition) technology, has patented a novel ALD nanolaminate to protect electronics such as smartphones, tablets, computers, and lighting devices from overheating.

As both consumer and industrial electronics become faster, smaller, and more efficient day by day, overheating of the components such as batteries, microprocessors, and LEDs has become one of the key problems in the industry. Overheating leads to performance losses, failures in operation, and shortening of the device lifespan – and even to direct dangers, as heated batteries pose a risk of explosion. 

Picosun’s patented(*) ‘phonon superhighway’ nanolaminate coating conducts heat efficiently away from the device interior, decreasing its temperature even 20 degrees. The heat is distributed through the casing of the device, along its surface. The coating can be applied at low temperatures on large batches of items with fast and cost-efficient processing in Picosun’s fully automated production ALD reactors.
“Our aim at Picosun is to utilize the ALD method not only to advance technological development, but also to improve the usability, safety, and lifetime of technical devices. Our new, patented nanolaminate coating addresses directly these challenges by solving one of the key problems in today’s electronics – overheating of the components. Many world-leading electronics manufacturers have already expressed interest towards our invention. We are excited to present this novel ALD solution to our customers to help them improve the performance, reliability, and safety of their products,” states Juhana Kostamo, Managing Director of Picosun.

(*)Application no. WO2016146881; “Heat-conductive ALD Coating in an Electrical Device”

Monday, September 26, 2016

ALD Fest - ALD Lab Saxony Kick Off 2016

This year we had our yearly ALD Lab Fest in great ambiance at the “Ball und Brauhaus Watzke” in Dresden. For the first time as ALD Lab Saxony Fest conference reports, an ALD market overview and internal topics were presented and discussed before we enjoyed the tasty Watzke beer and food. Many thanks to all participants for the contributions and the nice afternoon/evening.
A program covering The ALD Lab Saxony Kick off and Review of ALD2016 Ireland was given with Presentations by IHM, Fraunhofer & NaMLab. Some photos from the event is given below and many more and presentations you can get from :

Introduction to ALD Lab Saxony & Market update for Atomic Layer Deposition, Jonas Sundqvist
(Photo by Martin Knaut)
Review of ALD2016 : Christoph Hossbach, Martin Knaut, Marcel Melzer, Jonas Sundqvist, Uwe Schröder, Dustin Fischer et al
Delegates from ALD Lab Saxony made 20 contributions in the form of Oral and Poster presentations at ALD2016 Ireland. A selection of these as well as other inspiring contributions to ALD2016 was highlighted at ALD Fest.
(Photo by Martin Knaut)
ALD Precursor Offering & Update from Pegasus and Fab Support, Jonas Andersson

(Photo by Martin Knaut)
Guest of Honor - Prof. Sean Barry, Carleton University Canada

(Photo by Martin Knaut)

Help with solving 2D ALD problems

Watzke Bier!

(Photo by Martin Knaut)

The event was sponsored by Pegasus Chemicals, Fabsupport and Cool Silicon e.V.


RASIRC® BRUTE® peroxide and hydrazine technology for leading edge memory and high performance logic

Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) gas is an oxidant that improves passivation and nucleation density at semiconductor interfaces, potentially leading to reduced interfacial defect density. A new technology capable of generating and delivering stable anhydrous H2O2 gas has been developed by RASIRC. The method utilizes a substantially anhydrous H2O2 solution, a carrier gas and membrane pervaporator in order to deliver anhydrous H2O2. A broad range of high-k materials and interfaces that can be improved as well as enhanced transistor performance were shown at ALD2016 Ireland. 
H2O2 allows for unique process windows in ALD due to its oxidative potential, which lies between more commonly used water and ozone, and greater acidity relative to water [1]

RASIRC BRUTE H2O2 Apparatus (H2O2 + solvent) surrounds the Nafion membrane tubes. H2O2 passes through the membrane walls and is picked up by the carrier gas.

Growth of many different films has been showcased with BRUTE Peroxide and the related RASIRC product BRUTE Hydrazine. In presentations and posters at ALD2016 Ireland the RASIRC line of BRUTE Hydrazine and BRUTE Peroxide showed impressively many useful results by many different precursors. In total, four separate posters and presentations covered growth passivation of SiOx on SiGe, SiNx on SiGe, SiON on SiGe as well as  growing HfO2, ZrO2, TiO2, Al2O3 and  TaOx with the BRUTE line of new reactive chemistries.

Transistor channel passivation, Dan Alvarez presented results of growing SiNx and SiOxNx  on SiGe using BRUTE Hydrazine and BRUTE Peroxide [2]. These films were then further processed with HfO2 dielectric layer to grow MOSCAPs. These MOSCAPS had better performance than those processed with HF last and water vapor, where improved defect density and lower leakage characteristics were reported. In addition, the presentation by Dan Alvarez discussed how anhydrous hydrazine can be used to create a thin layer of silicon nitride that can act as a diffusion barrier or channel passivation layer prior to dielectric deposition in FinFets or MOSFETs. The study focused on <400 °C silicon nitride ALD process and showed how further oxidation using anhydrous peroxide provides good nucleation for High-k deposition.

A low Temperature Passivation on SiGe(110) via plasma free process by subsequent doses of anhydrous hydrazine and hexachlorodisilane can further increase the amount of SiNx on the surface. A final treatment with HOOH can prepare the surface for high-k deposition.

BRUTE Peroxide was reported to reduce HfO2 gate oxide EOT by reduction in the interface layer

Steve Consiglio from Tokyo Electron, presented data comparing growth of HfO2 and interface layer thickness control [3]. Utilizing 300 mm Si wafers with pre-formed chemical oxide, he evaluated an all in-situ method of chemical oxide removal (COR; Si-H termination) followed by H2O2(g) dosing prior to ALD growth of HfO2 using TEMAHf and H2O. The study reported faster growth rate with H2O2 than for O3. Most interestingly, the interface results were very exciting with interface layer regrowth in the 2-4 Ångstrom range, which corresponds to ½ to 1 monolayer of SiOx interface for improved EOT and this was definitely much thinner than the results reported using O3.
Aluminum oxide, Al2O3 ALD has been presented previously [4]. This time RASIRC had a poster on improved nucleation by using H2O2 as an oxidant in ALD of Al2O3 [5]. The poster explained the need for a novel oxidant that improves passivation and nucleation density at semiconductor interfaces. The study was performed on SiGe(110) surfaces and  provides a direct comparison of equal amounts of water, 30% H2O2/H2O, and anhydrous H2O2. A five-fold increase was found in nucleation density for H2O2 versus water, and a three-fold increase for H2O2 versus 30% H2O2/H2O. An additional comparison was made of H2O2 to H2O by deposition of Al2O3 on an Si-H surface. This comparison found denser nucleation and faster initiation for H2O2 treated surfaces.

In a direct comparison of TMA based ALD with water vs peroxide the coverages of O and Al are higher with peroxide and growth starts earlier.

Zirconium oxide, ZrO2  was presented in study by Intermolecular and RASIRC at ALD2016 Poster session [6]. By utilizing the Intermolecular Combinatorial ALD platform equipped with a RASIRC BRUTE H2O2 apparatus the study compared the performance of H2O2 against O3 in a zirconium oxide ALD using ZyALD Air Liquide industry standard Zr-precursor. By MIMCAP integration the differences in ZrOx unit film properties and electrical performance was shown. Similar unit film behavior (GPC, linearity, growth saturation, film crystallinity etc.) was observed between O3 and H2O2.

Oxidant dosing (left) show that 4% O3 yields saturated response, whereas H2O2 and 20% O3 display softer saturation. ZyALD dose (middle) for each oxidant system shows definite completion for 20% O3. All three investigated conditions show linear growth without growth inhibition (right).       

The MIMCAP study (above) concluded that ZrO2 produced with H2O2 matched the best performance of 4% O3. Therefore it is possible to avoid issues observed with high (20%) O3 concentration as showcased in the figure below. More importantly, H2O2 has the capability to produce thin node dielectric, which is needed for highly scaled DRAM nodes.

Optical (left) and SEM (middle) images of MIMCAPs, post-annealing, with defects observed with 20% O3 and thin 5 nm ZrOx. As comparison blanket TiN film enhanced resistivity was observed (right) using 4 resp. 20% O3 concentrations, whereas H2O2 lays in-between. Results suggest that elevated TiN bottom electrode oxidation takes place with 20% O3 that leads to degassing during annealing.  However, the defect can be avoided with minimal reduction in growth rate, by using H2O2 as the oxidant.
Hafnium oxide, HfO2 by TDMAHf along TEMAHf was the first Hf-precursors in use at the introduction of High-k in the DRAM industry more than 10 years ago at the 90nm node. HfO2 ALD has also been investigated by Intermolecular using the H2O2/TDMAHf ALD process and in this study the MIMCAPs showed to match the best O3 performance like in the case of ZrO2 given in more detail above. In addition, Tokyo Electron presented work for HfO2 as summarized above.  
Titanium oxide, TiO2 low temperature (100 °C) TiOx ALD using H2O2 and TiMCTA (methylcyclopentadienyl tris(dimethylamino)titanium) as the metal precursor has successfully been grown as also reported by Intermolecular at ALD2016 Poster session [6].  
To summarize, RASIRC and their collaborations throughout the semiconductor insdustry and with leading research facilities have shown that many different films can be grown with BRUTE Peroxide and BRUTE Hydrazine and most importantly that BRUTE Peroxide can reduce EOT by reduction in the interface layer, yielding higher performing memory and logic devices.
[1] D. R. Lide, CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics (CRC Press, Boca Raton, 1996).
[2] Hydrogen peroxide gas for improved nucleation and initiation in ALD, Daniel Alvarez, Adam Hinckley, Pablo Macheno, Christopher Ramos, Jeffrey Spiegelman,
Anthony Muscat, Presentation at ALD 2016 Ireland.
[3] Anhydrous H2O2 for ALD HfO2 growth and interfacial layer thickness control, Steven Consiglio, Robert Clark, Takahiro Hakamata, Kandabara Tapily, Cory Wajda, Gert Leusink, Presentation at ALD2016 Ireland.
[4] Comparison of Water Vapor to Ozone for Growth ALD Films, J. Spiegelman, J. Sundqvist, EU PVSEC Proceedings 2011, page 1694 – 1698.
[5] Hydrogen peroxide gas for improved nucleation and initiation in ALD, Daniel Alvarez, Adam Hinckley, Pablo Macheno, Christopher Ramos, Jeffrey Spiegelman, Anthony Muscat, Poster ALD2016 Ireland.
[6] Comparison of hydrogen peroxide and ozone for use in zirconium oxide atomic layer deposition, Gregory  Nowling,  Stephen Weeks, Daniel Alvarez, Mark Leo, Jeff Spiegelman, Karl Littau, Poster ALD2016 Ireland.