Inductively coupled plasma reactive ion etching of ZrO2:H solid electrolyte film in BCl3-based plasmas

Han Ki Kim, J. W. Bae, I. Adesida, T. Kim, Tae Yeon Seong, Joo Sun Kim, Y. S. Yoon

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Inductively coupled plasma reactive ion etching (ICP-RIE) of ZrO 2:H solid electrolyte films was investigated using BCl 3-based plasma. ZrO2:H etch rates were studied as a function of the BCl3/Ar chemistry, ICP coil power, bias voltage, and working pressure. Scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy were employed to characterize the etch rate and root-mean-square surface roughness of etched samples. It was found that in comparison with Cl2-based gas mixtures, pure BCl3 plasma results in a high etch rate of ZrO 2:H layer, suggesting an abundance of B and BCl radicals made up of a volatile compound such as BxOy, BCl-O, and Zr-Cl bond. In addition, Auger electron spectroscopy analysis exhibits that the BCl 3-based etching process produces no change in surface stoichiometry of the ZrO2:H films.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)A922-A926
JournalJournal of the Electrochemical Society
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Electrochemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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