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Optimization of Concentration and Temperature of KOH Etchant on Micromachining Process

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Mohsen Shayan, Behrooz Arezoo, Ali Amani

Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran

Paper No. ESDA2010-25226, pp. 691-695; 5 pages
  • ASME 2010 10th Biennial Conference on Engineering Systems Design and Analysis
  • ASME 2010 10th Biennial Conference on Engineering Systems Design and Analysis, Volume 5
  • Istanbul, Turkey, July 12–14, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: International
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4919-4 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3877-8
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME


Due to vast application of silicon wet etching in Micromachining and MEMS structure, investigation about parameters that have more influence on wet etch rate is indispensable. Wet etch rate is dependent to several factor such as temperature, etchant concentration and crystal orientation. Because of temperature and concentration are more controllable therefore the etch rates R{hkl} depend mainly on concentration and temperature of the etchant. Understanding the relation between this parameters and wet etch rate can assist us in order to control and optimization of micromachining process. This paper present a relation between etchant concentration and temperature and wet etch rate on (100) plane, and then identify the etchant concentration in a certain range of temperature as the wet etch rate be in optimal amount. With optimization the etch rate of wafer (100), necessary time for etching process reduces and this reduction of time can lead to reduction of undercutting at convex and concave corners.

Copyright © 2010 by ASME



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