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Self-assembled monolayer of designed and synthesized triazinedithiolsilane molecule as interfacial adhesion enhancer for integrated circuit
© Wang et al; licensee Springer. 2011
- Received: 10 May 2011
- Accepted: 3 August 2011
- Published: 3 August 2011
Self-assembled monolayer (SAM) with tunable surface chemistry and smooth surface provides an approach to adhesion improvement and suppressing deleterious chemical interactions. Here, we demonstrate the SAM comprising of designed and synthesized 6-(3-triethoxysilylpropyl)amino-1,3,5-triazine-2,4-dithiol molecule, which can enhance interfacial adhesion to inhibit copper diffusion used in device metallization. The formation of the triazinedithiolsilane SAM is confirmed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The adhesion strength between SAM-coated substrate and electroless deposition copper film was up to 13.8 MPa. The design strategy of triazinedithiolsilane molecule is expected to open up the possibilities for replacing traditional organosilane to be applied in microelectronic industry.
- diffusion barrier
- self-assembled monolayer
- surface chemistry
Isolating individual components of nanoscale architectures comprised of thin films or nanostructures is a critical challenge in micro- and nanoscale device fabrication . One important example that illustrates this challenge could be seen in Cu-interconnected sub-100-nm device structures, which require less than 5-nm-thick interfacial layers to inhibit Cu diffusion into adjacent dielectrics . Conventional interfacial barrier layers such as TaN, Ta, Ti, TiN, or W have already been optimized in microelectronic applications. However, such "thick" layers are not suitable for micro- and nanoscale device fabrication, and the above materials cannot form uniform and continuous film below 5 nm in thickness . The barrier layer thickness must be minimized while maintaining high-performance diffusion barrier properties and good adhesion strength with neighboring layers . Another significant example is seen in the adhesion between copper and substrate in printed circuit board technology.
An alternative to the above interfacial layer is the organic self-assembled monolayer (SAM)  with sub-nanometer dimensions. The SAM [6, 7] composed of short aliphatic chains with desired terminal function groups has been investigated by modifying surface properties for the above requirement. The selectivity and adhesion strength between the function group of SAM and the substrate impact the film packing density and thermal stability, and the chain length also has influence on the packing density and order. In recent years, G. Ramanath has reported the technique of fabricating SAM with the organosilanes as Cu diffusion barrier layer, and interfacial adhesion in microelectronics devices [2, 8–12]. The results showed that the SAM inhibited Cu diffusion into substrate interface and enhanced the interfacial adhesion to increase the device lifetime [8, 13]. This technique has two advantages: (a) a strong interfacial bonding which can immobilize Cu, and (b) the creation of a vacuum-like potential barrier between Cu and the dielectric layer to inhibit Cu ionization and transport . The former can be achieved through strong, local chemical interaction by choosing appropriate terminal groups, and the latter can be accomplished by using SAM with suitable chain length or the introduction of aromatic group. This technique offers the potential for tailoring effective barriers with decreased thickness.
Chemical formula and nomenclature of the self-assembled organosilanes usually used in previous researches
From the results of Table 1, we can learn that the mercapto-silane (SAM1), amino-silane (SAM2 ), and pyridyl-silane (SAM4) are excellent coupling agents between substrates and Cu to act as interfacial adhesion enhancer. Compared with aliphatic groups, larger volume organosilanes with the aromatic ring (SAM4, SAM5, SAM6, and SAM7 ) sterically hinder copper diffusion. Therefore, the ideal organosilane molecules should be with both aromatic ring and terminal function group which have high reactivity with copper. In recent years, studies have been mainly focused on the approaches of Cu metallization including chemical vapor deposition, physical vapor deposition, electroless deposition (ELD), and electroplating. Cu ELD was especially emphasized in future interconnect technology. However, the organosilanes utilized in this technique were mainly mercaptopropyltrimethoxysilane (MPTMS; SAM1 [3, 9–11]) and aminopropyltrimethoxysilane (APTMS; SAM2 [4, 9, 17]). So far, no research has been carried out on the modification of organosilane, and it is necessary to design and synthesize functional organosilane molecule.
In this paper, we demonstrate a designed and synthesized triazinedithiolsilane molecule - 6-(3-triethoxysilylpropyl)amino-1,3,5-triazine-2,4-dithiol monosodium salt (abbreviation, TESPA, see Figure 1) according to the strategies mentioned. TESPA has three active sites which refer to two mercapto groups  and a nitrogen atom. We also preliminarily investigate the adhesion strength between ELD copper film and TESPA SAM to verify whether it can be used as adhesion enhancer and diffusion barrier in device applications.
The chemical structure of TESPA was identified by nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), and mass spectroscopy (MS) (The data are available in Additional file 1). 1H NMR and 13C NMR spectra were recorded by Bruker AC 400 with 500 MHz (Bruker Daltonics, Billerica, MA, USA). FT-IR spectra were measured using Bruker TENSOR 37 (Bruker Daltonics). MS was recorded by LCQ-Fleet (Thermo Scientific, Waltham, MA, USA).
TESPA SAM was fabricated on epoxy resin surface. The epoxy resin surface was treated by corona discharge for 10 s to facilitate the formation of SAM through surface hydroxylation. TESPA SAM was obtained by dipping the epoxy resin into 2.5 mM TESPA monomer ethanol-water (V/V = 95:5) solution for 5 min at room temperature. The substrate was dried with nitrogen gas and cured at 120°C for 20 min. Then, a Sn-PdII colloidal solution was used as a catalyst precursor , which was prepared via precise control of sequential hydrolysis of PdII species according to the hydrolysis mechanism of PdII salts in a chloride-rich aqueous solution. The electroless deposition bath was prepared according to recent study . X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) was performed to investigate the elemental composition of surface by using ULVAC PHI-5600 spectrometer (Ulvac Technologies, Inc., Methuen, MA, USA). The adhesion strength between ELD copper film and TESPA SAM-coated epoxy resin substrate was investigated by T-peel test using an autograph S-100 apparatus (Shimadzu Corporation, Kyoto, Japan).
TESPA was synthesized by the reaction of cyanuric chloride, 3-aminopropyltriethoxy silane (APTES), and NaSH according to the strategy described in the Figure 1. The stirring tetrahydrofuran (THF) solution of cyanuric chloride (0.1 mol) was added with APTES (0.1 mol) over a period of 60 min. And then the reaction mixture was added with THF solution of triethylamine (0.12 mol) for 1-day reaction. After, the solvent was removed under vacuum to yield 6-(3-triethoxysilylpropyl)amino-1,3,5-triazine-2,4-dichloride. NaSH ethanol solution was added dropwise for 2-h reaction to the ethanol solution of the dichloride. After, the solvent was removed under vacuum to yield TESPA. Yield was 75.6%, and m.p. > 203°C. Elemental analysis calculation for C12H23N4S2O3NaSi was: C, 37.29%; H, 6.00%; N, 14.49%; however, found was: C, 37.46%; H, 6.03%; and N, 14.44%. The results of NMR, FT-IR, and MS also suggest that TESPA have been synthesized (see Additional file 1).
The functional triazinedithiolsilane molecule TESPA was designed and synthesized. The Si-OH group of hydrolyzed TESPA could react with the polar groups on pretreated epoxy resin surface to form the TESPA SAM, which promote ELD copper film onto the substrate. The adhesion strength between TESPA SAM-coated epoxy resin and ELD copper film was up to 13.8 MPa, which could satisfy the purpose of TESPA SAM applied as adhesion enhancer. The design strategy of TESPA will provide possibilities for replacing the traditional organosilane (MPTMS, APTMS, etc.) to be applied in microelectronic industry.
The authors express their sincere gratitude for the financial support of the Scientific Research Foundation for the Returned Overseas Chinese Scholars, State Education Ministry (no. K314020902) and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (no. Z109021008).
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