Crystallization resistance of barium titanate zirconate ultrathin films from aqueous CSD: a study of cause and effect

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Journal Article


Journal of Materials Chemistry, Volume 19, Number 8, p.1115-1122 (2009)



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bazro3, chemical-vapor-deposition, crystal-growth, decomposition, ferroelectricity, microstructure, oxides, silicate, temperature-dependence, thin-films


Ultrathin BaZr0.8Ti0.2O3 films (t < 30 nm) on SiOx/Si substrates were obtained by means of aqueous chemical solution deposition (CSD). Though the precursor crystallized into cubic perovskite powder at 600 degrees C, ultrathin films only crystallized at 950 to 1000 degrees C, even after addition of excess Ba to compensate for loss of Ba. Films with thickness above 100 nm, on the other hand, crystallized readily around 650 degrees C. The crystallization is related to film thickness, affecting the crystallization activation energy, and to silicate formation by reaction with the substrate, exerting its largest influence in ultrathin films. Barium deficiency, silicate formation, carbonate secondary phase and the high activation energy for crystallization resulted in the amorphous nature of the ultrathin films, which strongly affects the observed k value (similar to 15). The paper contributes insights with implications for the application of BaZr0.8Ti0.2O3 as an alternative high-k gate dielectric.


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