Novel chemistry for surface engineering in MEMS

X. Y. Zhu, Y. Jun, V. Boiadjiev, R. Major, H. I. Kim, J. E. Houston

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It is well recognized that controlling surface forces is one of the key issues in the design, fabrication, and operation of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). In this report we present a novel strategy for the efficient assembly of organic monolayers onto silicon surfaces to control surface energy. This is achieved by the reaction between an alcohol functional group and a chlorinated Si surface. The resulting molecular monolayers are thermally and chemically stable. Surface adhesion energy on silicon is reduced by a factor of 40 by the monolayer coating and friction coefficient of the coated surface is only 0.013. The coatings are successfully demonstrated in adhesion reduction in a model MEMS structure: cantilever beam array (CBA). Polycrystalline beams with length up to 1.5 mm can be released.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)EE331-EE336
JournalMaterials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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