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Thermodynamics and Kinetics of Oxidation of Pure Indium Solders

  • Harry Schoeller (a1), Jongman Kim (a2), Seungbae Park (a3) and Junghyun Cho (a4)

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MicroElectroMechanical System (MEMS) devices often require low-temperature, fluxless soldering techniques due to their high temperature sensitivity and performance requirements of the components. While seeking the development of a soldering technology using pure indium, the major focus of this study is to assess the thermodynamics and kinetics of indium oxidation at various solder reflow environments that will ultimately provide a processing window for solder reflow and surface oxide cleaning. With a glove box employed to generate reducing environments, oxygen, moisture, and hydrogen contents were varied to examine their effects on oxidation and reduction behavior of indium. We also explored oxidation mechanisms at different regimes of temperature and time. In particular, electron transport from indium to indium oxide is shown to be the rate controlling mechanism under specific oxidizing conditions. For accurate thickness measurements, a spectroscopic ellipsometer was employed. In addition, the effect of indium oxidation on solder joint reliability was observed via wetting angle and interfacial shear strength measurements.

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Thermodynamics and Kinetics of Oxidation of Pure Indium Solders

  • Harry Schoeller (a1), Jongman Kim (a2), Seungbae Park (a3) and Junghyun Cho (a4)

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