Silver Nanoparticle Paste for Low-Temperature Bonding of Copper
Silver nanoparticle (NP) paste was fabricated and used to bond copper wire to copper foil at low temperatures down to 160°C. The silver NP paste was developed by increasing the concentration of 50 nm silver NP sol from 0.001 vol.% to 0.1 vol.% by centrifugation. The 0.001 vol.% silver NP sol was fabricated in water by reducing silver nitrate (AgNO3) using sodium citrate dihydrate (Na3C6H5O7·2H2O). The bond was formed by solid-state sintering among the individual silver NPs and solid-state bonding of these silver NPs onto both copper wire and foil. Metallurgical bonds between silver NPs and copper were confirmed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The silver NPs were coated with an organic shell to prevent sintering at room temperature (RT). It was found that the organic shell decomposed at 160°C, the lowest temperature at which a bond could be formed. Shear tests showed that the joint strength increased as the bonding temperature increased, due to enhanced sintering of silver NPs at higher temperatures. Unlike low-temperature soldering techniques, bonds formed by our method have been proved to withstand temperatures above the bonding temperature.
KeywordsAg nanoparticles sintering wire bonding
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