Air-stable alucone thin films deposited by molecular layer deposition using a 4-mercaptophenol organic reactant

Geonho Baek, Seunghwan Lee, Jung Hoon Lee, Jin Seong Park

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Molecular layer deposition (MLD) is a thin film technique to make a pure organic coating or hybrid organic-inorganic film, sequentially dosing organic-organic or organic-inorganic precursors, respectively. In this study, hybrid organic-inorganic alucone films were fabricated via MLD using 4-mercaptophenol and trimethylaluminum as organic and metal precursors, respectively, over the deposition temperature range of 100-200 °C. The fabricated film was very stable without degradation when exposed to the atmosphere, and the characteristic change was confirmed through annealing under vacuum at 300-750 °C. After annealing, the thickness of the alucone films decreased and the bonding of the carbon ring changed, as revealed by the spectroscopic ellipsometer, Fourier-transform infrared, Raman, x-ray diffraction, and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy results. The annealed alucone films showed thermal polymerization, and their carbon ring structures transformed into graphitic carbon flakes. The alucone film annealed at 750 °C showed an electrical resistivity of 0.55 ω cm. Annealed MLD alucone films, which are hybrid materials, are potential candidates for applications in electronic, capacitor, and thermoelectric devices.

Original languageEnglish
Article number022411
JournalJournal of Vacuum Science and Technology A: Vacuum, Surfaces and Films
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2020 Mar 1


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