Mechanistic Studies of Copper Thin-Film Growth from CuI and CuII β-Diketonates

Gregory S Girolami, Patrick M. Jeffries, Lawrence H. Dubois

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The kinetics and mechanism of copper film growth from the reactions of bis(acetylacetonato)copper(II), bis-(hexafluoroacetylacetonato)copper(II), and (vinyltrimethylsilane)(hexafluoroacetylacetonato)copper(I) (Cu(hfac)(vtms)) with copper single crystal surfaces were investigated. Experiments were performed using vibrational spectroscopy (reflection infrared and high-resolution electron energy loss spectroscopies) as well as mass spectrometry (temperature-programmed desorption and integrated desorption mass spectrometries). Both ligand desorption and dissociation were observed upon pyrolysis of these molecules under ultra-high-vacuum conditions. We demonstrate that adsorbed β-diketonate ligands decompose in a stepwise fashion at temperatures above ∼375 K to yield adsorbed CF3 and ketenylidene (≡C—C≡O) intermediates. These further decompose above ∼500 K to leave surface carbon, a major contaminant in copper films grown from CuII β-diketonates. Clean films can be grown from the pyrolysis of Cu(hfac)(vtms) at pressures above 10−5 Torr, however. The implications of our results relative to the mechanism of copper film growth at elevated pressures are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1015-1024
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number3
StatePublished - Feb 1 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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