SACRIFICIAL POLYIMIDE MATERIALS FOR THE FABRICATION OF MICROELECTROMECHANICAL DEVICES

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$223,200.00
Award Year:
1991
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
11745
Solicitation Year:
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Solicitation Topic Code:
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Solicitation Number:
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Small Business Information
Brewer Science Inc.
2401 Hgh-tech Drive, Po Box Gg, Rolla, MO, 65401
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Terry Brewer
President
() -
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
A KEY STEP IN THE FABRICATION OF FREE-STANDING MICROMECHANICAL DEVICES IS OFTEN THE REMOVAL OF A SACRIFICIAL OXIDE LAYER WITH HYDROFLUORIC ACID. AS A RESULT, THIS POWERFUL TECHNIQUE IS LIMITED TO USE ON POLYSILICON AND A FEW HF-RESISTANT METALS. THE GOAL OF THIS WORK IS TO DEMONSTRATE THAT MICRODEVICES CAN BE FASHIONED FROM COMMON METALS SUCH AS ALUMINUM BY REPLACING THE OXIDE LAYER WITH A THERMALLY STABLE POLYMER. WE RECENTLY DEVELOPED A NEW FAMILY OF POLYIMIDE MATERIALS WHICH HAVE ALL THE REQUISITE PROPERTIES TO SERVE AS SACRIFICIAL LAYERS. THESE INCLUDE HIGH GLASS TRANSITION TEMPERATURE, GOOD PLANARIZATION, EXCELLENT THERMAL STABILITY( 400 DEGREES CENTIGRADE), GOOD CHEMICAL AND PLASMARESISTANCE, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, RAPID SOLUBILITY IN MILD, NONCORROSIVE MEDIA. IN PHASE I, WE WILL USE STANDARD IC PROCESSING TECHNIQUES TOMAKE SIMPLE, FREE-STANDING ALUMINUM DEVICES WITH THE AID OF THESE NEW POLYIMIDE MATERIALS. PHASE II WILL EXTEND THESE EFFORTS TO INCLUDE OTHER METALS AS WELL AS THE PRODUCTION OF MORE SOPHISTICATED DEVICES. DURING THIS SAME TIME, WE WILL DETERMINE HOW POLYMER STRUCTURE AND PROCESSINGCONDITIONS CAN BE ALTERED TO IMPROVE FILM ADHESION, THERMAL STABILITY, THERMAL EXPANSION PROPERTIES, AND WET ETCH RATE. THESE RESULTS WILL BE USED TO DEVELOP A NEW POLYIMIDE PRODUCT WHICH COMPLIMENTS OUR CURRENT ELECTRONIC CHEMICALS BUSINESS.

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