In situ observations of shape evolution during copper dissolution using atomic force microscopy

Brandon J Cruickshank, Andrew A. Gewirth, Rebecca Mohr Rynders, Richard C. Alkire

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Abstract

Atomic force microscopy was used to monitor, in situ, the shape evolution of polycrystalline copper during anodic dissolution in 0.5M H2SO4. During dissolution of the copper surface under a small anodic potential (30 mV), an overlayer of material that resulted from mechanical polishing was removed, exposing the underlying grain boundaries. A chemically etched sample was exposed to the same experimental conditions, and no overlayer was observed. Dissolution of the copper bulk metal was monitored under a higher applied potential (100 mV, 0.5M H2SO4). The overlayer was immediately removed, and the dissolution produced a nonuniform, crystallographically-etched surface. The inhibiting effect of benzotriazole (BTA) on copper dissolution in 0.5M H2SO4/20 mM BTA was observed. Copper dissolution did not proceed at 100 mV or 200 mV applied potential; but at 300 mV, rapid localized dissolution resulted in the formation of pit-like features.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2829-2832
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the Electrochemical Society
Volume139
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1992
Externally publishedYes

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In situ observations of shape evolution during copper dissolution using atomic force microscopy. / Cruickshank, Brandon J; Gewirth, Andrew A.; Rynders, Rebecca Mohr; Alkire, Richard C.

In: Journal of the Electrochemical Society, Vol. 139, No. 10, 10.1992, p. 2829-2832.

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Cruickshank, Brandon J ; Gewirth, Andrew A. ; Rynders, Rebecca Mohr ; Alkire, Richard C. / In situ observations of shape evolution during copper dissolution using atomic force microscopy. In: Journal of the Electrochemical Society. 1992 ; Vol. 139, No. 10. pp. 2829-2832.
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