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Coordination and organometallic precursors of group 10 and 11: Focused electron beam induced deposition of metals and insight gained from chemical vapour deposition, atomic layer deposition, and fundamental surface and gas phase studies

I. Utkeb, P. Swiderekc, K. Höflichd,e, K. Madajskaa, J. Jurczykb,f, P. Martinovićc, I.B. Szymańskaa

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Coord. Chem. Rev., vol. 458, pp. 213851, doi:10.1016/j.ccr.2021.213851 (2022).


Nanostructured materials made from group 10 (Ni, Pd, Pt) and group 11 (Cu, Ag, Au) elements have outstanding technological relevance in microelectronics, nano-optics, catalysis, and energy conversion. Processes that allow for the easy and reliable fabrication of such nanostructures are heavily sought after. Focused electron beam induced deposition (FEBID) is the only direct-write technique that can fabricate nanostructures with arbitrary shape and dimensions down to the sub-10 nm regime. However, the complex chemistry of FEBID involving electron-induced dissociation processes of metalorganic precursors molecules, surface kinetics, and thermal effects is poorly understood and far from being optimized. Here, we review in a comparative manner the performance and the underlying chemical reactions of surface deposition processes, namely, chemical vapour deposition (CVD), atomic layer deposition (ALD), and FEBID itself. The knowledge gained in CVD and ALD as related surface deposition techniques will help us to understand the spatially selective chemistry occurring in FEBID. Fundamental surface and gas phase studies provide insight to electron-induced chemistry and desorption of precursor fragments. Specific emphasis is put on the type of the ligands and their different behaviour under thermal, surface-related, and electron-induced processes. The comprehensive overview of the current state of FEBID for group 10 and 11 metals includes reactive environments and purification approaches as these may provide valuable information on the design of novel precursors. The evaluation of the precursor and process performance is extended to include W, Co, Fe, Ru, Rh, and Ir to represent a general guide towards future developments in FEBID. These may not only rely on the design of novel compounds but also on optimized deposition strategies inspired by ALD and CVD.

a Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Faculty of Chemistry, Gagarina 7, 87-100 Toruń, Poland
b Empa - Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, Laboratory for Mechanics of Materials and Nanostructures, Feuerwerkerstrasse 39, CH-3602 Thun, Switzerland
c Institute for Applied and Physical Chemistry (IAPC), Fachbereich 2 (Chemie/Biologie), University of Bremen, Leobener Str. 5 (NW2), 28359 Bremen, Germany
d Ferdinand-Braun-Institut gGmbH, Leibniz-Institut für Höchstfrequenztechnik, Joint Lab Photonic Quantum Technologies, Gustav-Kirchhoff-Str. 4, 12489 Berlin, Germany
e Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie, CoreLab Correlative Microscopy and Spectroscopy, Hahn-Meitner-Platz 1, 14109 Berlin, Germany
f AGH University of Science and Technology Kraków, Faculty of Physics and Applied Computer Science, Al. Mickiewicza 30, 30-059 Kraków, Poland


Group 10 and 11 elements, Volatile coordination and organometalic, precursors, Focused electron beam induced deposition, (FEBID), Chemical vapour deposition (CVD), Atomic layer deposition (ALD), Nanofabrication, Electron-induced and surface reactions, Adsorption, Electron-induced dissociation, Desorption, Purification, Electron-enhanced ALD, Electron-enhanced CVD

Copyright © 2021 The Author(s). Published by Elsevier B.V. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/).

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