Surface oxide analysis of lead-free solder particles
Journal article, 2013

Purpose - The composition and thickness of surface oxide of solder particles is extremely important to the quality of interconnect and reliability of packaged system. The purpose of this paper is to develop an observable measurement to research the issue. Design/methodology/approach - AES (Auger electron spectroscopy), XPS (X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy), TEM (transmission electron microscopy) and STEM (scanning transmission electron microscopy) were employed to examine the oxide layer on microscale solder powders. Conventional techniques and FIB (Focus Ion Beam) were employed for the TEM sample preparation. High angle annular dark field (HAADF) pattern was applied to distinguish the oxide layer and the solder matrix by the contrast of average atomic number. The results were confirmed by AES and XPS measurement. Findings - The solder powders were exposed to air (70% relative humidity) at 150 degrees C for 0, 120 and 240 h for the accelerated growth of oxide. The surface oxide thickness was 6 nm and 50 nm measured by TEM for Oh and 120 h samples, respectively. It was found that the increase in surface oxide thickness of solder particles is proportional to the rooting of time. The elemental distribution along the oxide was quantified by line scanning using STEM and the atomic ratio of Sn to O in the oxide layer nearer to the outer, the middle, and the inner (adjacent to the solder matrix) was found to be 1:2, 2:3 and 1:1, respectively. The result was validated using XPS which gave Sn to O ratio of 1:2 at 5 nm depth of surface oxide. Originality/value - This is the first time FIB technology has been used to prepare TEM specimens for solder particles and TEM pictures shown of their surface oxide layer. Though requiring more care in sample preparation, the measurements by TEM and STEM are believed to be more direct and precise.

films

tin

Surface properties of materials

growth

alloys

thickness

Lead-free solder

joints

Accelerated surface oxidation

cu

Solders

Oxides

oxidation

Author

Xin Luo

Chalmers, Applied Physics, Electronics Material and Systems Laboratory

W. Du

X. Lu

T. Yamaguchi

Henkel Limited

G. Jackson

Henkel Technologies

L. Ye

SHT Smart High-Tech

Johan Liu

Chalmers, Applied Physics, Electronics Material and Systems Laboratory

Soldering and Surface Mount Technology

0954-0911 (ISSN)

Vol. 25 1 39-44

Subject Categories

Physical Sciences

DOI

10.1108/09540911311294588

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1/17/2019