Title page for ETD etd-1109101-100345

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Namburi, Lakshmikanth
Author's Email Address namburi_lk@hotmail.com
URN etd-1109101-100345
Title Electrodeposition of NiW Alloys into Deep Recesses
Degree Master of Science in Chemical Engineering (M.S.Ch.E.)
Department Chemical Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Elizabeth J. Podlaha Committee Chair
Kevin W. Kelly Committee Member
Robin McCarley Committee Member
  • alloys for MEMS
  • high aspect ratio plating
  • MEMS materials
Date of Defense 2001-10-26
Availability unrestricted
Pulse electrodeposition has been investigated as a general technique for the electrodeposition of nickel-tungsten alloys in deep recesses for MEMS. Ni-W exhibits an induced codeposition mechanism, where the Ni reaction rate enhances the codeposition of W. Electrodeposition of this alloy has been achieved into recesses of 500 micron deep. The challenges that have been encountered are those related to gas evolving side reactions, local pH rises, diffusional limitations of the soluble species and long times required for filling the recesses.

Electrodeposition on cylinder electrodes at different rotation rates was also carried out in order to obtain data on composition of the alloy and current efficiency of the process, for different baths considered. These studies were carried out to examine the suitability of the bath for microstructure development and to describe better how the codeposition processes is affected by mass transport.

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