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Micro-Scale Metallization of Cu and Au on Flexible Polyimide Substrate by Electroplating Using SU-8 Photoresist Mask

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  17 March 2011

Suhyeon Cho
Affiliation:
Dept. of Materials Engineering and Center for Advanced Plasma Surface Technology, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon, Gyunggi-do 440-746, Korea
Soohong Kim
Affiliation:
Dept. of Materials Engineering and Center for Advanced Plasma Surface Technology, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon, Gyunggi-do 440-746, Korea
Nae-eung Lee
Affiliation:
Dept. of Materials Engineering and Center for Advanced Plasma Surface Technology, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon, Gyunggi-do 440-746, Korea
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Abstract

In order to fabricate flexible microelectronic devices, fabrication of metallization lines and metal electrodes on the flexible substrate is essential. Cu lines are often used as interconnect lines in electronic devices and Au as microelectrodes in organic transistors and bioelectronics devices due to its good electrochemical stability and biocompatibility. For minimizing the size of device, the realization of metallization lines and microelectrodes with the scale of a few micrometers on the flexible substrate is very important. In this work, micro-scale metallization lines of Cu and Au were fabricated on the flexible polyimide (PI) substrate by electroplating using the patterned mask of a negative-tone SU-8 photoresist. Surface of PI substrate was treated by O2 inductively coupled plasma for improvement in the adhesion between the Cr layer and the PI and in-situ sputter-deposition of 100-nm-thick Cu seed layers on the sputter-deposited 50-nm- thick Cr adhesion layer was followed. Electroplating of Cu and Au lines using a sulfuric acid and a noncyanide solution with the patterned SU-8 mask, respectively, removal of SU-8, and selective wet etch of Cr adhesion and Cu seed layers were carried out. Micro-scale Au electrode lines were successfully fabricated on the PI substrate. Micro-scale gap-filled Cu lines with spin- coated polyimide on the PI substrate with the thickness of 6 ∼ 12 νm and the aspect ratio of 1~3 were successfully fabricated.

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Copyright © Materials Research Society 2004

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