Cordierite-based dielectric thick films on an oxidized copper layer: microstructural evidence of copper diffusion

Yong S. Cho, David T. Hoelzer, Walter A. Schulze, Vasantha R.W. Amarakoon

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Cordierite-based dielectric thick films deposited by screen-printing on a Cu2O-Cu-96% alumina substrate were investigated with regard to microstructural characteristics, densification, and crystallization. Compared to direct deposition of the cordierite layer on metal Cu, the use of the Cu2O layer as a diffusion barrier caused the cordierite thick film to become more stable without any significant interaction layer at the film interface after firing at 920°C for 30 min in a N2 atmosphere. On the other hand, microstructural observation of the cordierite thick films on the Cu2O revealed some evidence of Cu diffusion into the cordierite thick films, i.e., incorporation of Cu into the cordierite and remaining glass, and as Cu precipitates. Additionally, the diffused Cu was found to significantly affect densification and crystallization of the thick films, resulting in lower densification and crystallization temperatures. An XRD analysis supported the Cu incorporation from the Cu2O layer into the cordierite by showing the disappearance of Cu2O phase at 700°C, which is below densification temperature.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1949-1952
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Ceramic Society
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1999

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Materials Chemistry


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