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Atomic Layer Deposition of Al2O3 onto Sn-Doped In2O3: Absence of Self-Limited Adsorption during Initial Growth by Oxygen Diffusion from the Substrate and Band Offset Modification by Fermi Level Pinning in Al2O3

Bayer, Thorsten J. M. and Wachau, André and Fuchs, Anne and Deuermeier, Jonas and Klein, Andreas (2012):
Atomic Layer Deposition of Al2O3 onto Sn-Doped In2O3: Absence of Self-Limited Adsorption during Initial Growth by Oxygen Diffusion from the Substrate and Band Offset Modification by Fermi Level Pinning in Al2O3.
In: Chemistry of Materials, pp. 4503-4510, 24, (23), ISSN 0897-4756,
[Online-Edition: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/cm301732t],
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Abstract

The growth of Al2O3 onto Sn-doped In2O3 (ITO) by atomic layer deposition (ALD) was studied in situ using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Significant diffusion of oxygen from the substrate destroys the self-terminated monolayer adsorption of the metal precursor and results in a nominal initial growth per cycle of >1 nm. The observed mechanism precludes the preparation of monolayer thick Al2O3 films on ITO substrates by ALD. The energy band alignment at the ITO/Al2O3 interface is significantly different from that obtained when magnetron sputtering is used for the deposition of Al2O3 onto ITO [Gassenbauer et al., Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys.2009, 11, 3049]. The difference is attributed to a pinning of the Fermi level in the ALD-Al2O3 layer close to midgap, which is attributed to the incorporation of hydrogen in the film during growth.

Item Type: Article
Erschienen: 2012
Creators: Bayer, Thorsten J. M. and Wachau, André and Fuchs, Anne and Deuermeier, Jonas and Klein, Andreas
Title: Atomic Layer Deposition of Al2O3 onto Sn-Doped In2O3: Absence of Self-Limited Adsorption during Initial Growth by Oxygen Diffusion from the Substrate and Band Offset Modification by Fermi Level Pinning in Al2O3
Language: English
Abstract:

The growth of Al2O3 onto Sn-doped In2O3 (ITO) by atomic layer deposition (ALD) was studied in situ using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Significant diffusion of oxygen from the substrate destroys the self-terminated monolayer adsorption of the metal precursor and results in a nominal initial growth per cycle of >1 nm. The observed mechanism precludes the preparation of monolayer thick Al2O3 films on ITO substrates by ALD. The energy band alignment at the ITO/Al2O3 interface is significantly different from that obtained when magnetron sputtering is used for the deposition of Al2O3 onto ITO [Gassenbauer et al., Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys.2009, 11, 3049]. The difference is attributed to a pinning of the Fermi level in the ALD-Al2O3 layer close to midgap, which is attributed to the incorporation of hydrogen in the film during growth.

Journal or Publication Title: Chemistry of Materials
Volume: 24
Number: 23
Uncontrolled Keywords: indium−tin oxide; AL2O3; atomic layer deposition; initial growth; interface properties; band alignment; hydrogen impurity
Divisions: 11 Department of Materials and Earth Sciences > Material Science > Surface Science
DFG-Collaborative Research Centres (incl. Transregio) > Collaborative Research Centres > CRC 595: Electrical fatigue > D - Component properties > Subproject D3: Function and fatigue of oxide electrodes in organic light emitting diodes
11 Department of Materials and Earth Sciences > Material Science
DFG-Collaborative Research Centres (incl. Transregio) > Collaborative Research Centres > CRC 595: Electrical fatigue > D - Component properties
DFG-Collaborative Research Centres (incl. Transregio) > Collaborative Research Centres > CRC 595: Electrical fatigue
11 Department of Materials and Earth Sciences
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Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2013 12:15
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/cm301732t
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Identification Number: doi:10.1021/cm301732t
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