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The Influence of Nano-Particles on Microstructural Development at the Interface of Sn3.5Ag-Solder and Cu-Substrate
International Journal of Nanomanufacturing
  • D. C. Lin
  • Tirumalai S. Srivatsan, University of Akron, main campus
  • Guo-Xiang Wang, University of Akron Main Campus
  • R. Kovacevic
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
5-14-2007
Abstract
Preliminary experimental results have shown that an unexpected large needle-like phase Ag3Sn grows from the solder/substrate interface and large polygon-like Sn-Cu intermetallic compounds are present in the region, which is close to the interface when using lead-free binary Sn3.5Ag solder alloy. This paper summarises the efforts made to prevent the formation of these deleterious phases. An addition of 0.25 wt% of either copper nano-particles or nickel nano-particles was found to effectively avoid the formation of large Ag3Sn phase and to modify the solder matrix through a random dispersion of the in-situ intermetallic compounds Cu6Sn5 or Sn4Ni3. The mechanism involved in influencing the interfacial structure is quite different for copper and nickel nano-particles. The addition of copper nano-particles stimulates the formation of the Sn-Cu compound Cu6Sn5 at the solder/substrate interface, while the nickel nano-particles promotes the formation of Sn-Cu-Ni-Ag compound to replace the regular scallop-like Cu6Sn5 having a round morphology.
Citation Information
D. C. Lin, Tirumalai S. Srivatsan, Guo-Xiang Wang and R. Kovacevic. "The Influence of Nano-Particles on Microstructural Development at the Interface of Sn3.5Ag-Solder and Cu-Substrate" International Journal of Nanomanufacturing Vol. 1 Iss. 3 (2007) p. 357 - 369
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/tirumalai_srivatsan/101/