Low temperature atomic layer deposition of ruthenium thin films using isopropylmethylbenzene-cyclohexadiene-ruthenium and O2

Tae Kwang Eom, Windu Sari, Kyu Jeong Choi, Woong Chul Shin, Jae Hyun Kim, Do Joong Lee, Ki Bum Kim, Hyunchul Sohn, Soo Hyun Kim

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Ru thin films were deposited by atomic layer deposition (ALD) through alternating exposures of a metallorganic precursor, C16 H 22 Ru [(η6 -1-isopropyl-4-methylbenzene) (η4 -cyclohexa-1,3-diene)ruthenium(0)] and O2 at 220°C. The growth rate was 0.1 and 0.086 nm/cycle on TiN and thermally grown SiO2, respectively. On both substrates, negligible incubation cycles were observed indicating that Ru nucleation was enhanced compared to the results obtained using the cyclopentadienyl-based Ru precursors. Plan-view transmission electron microscopy analysis revealed the formation of a continuous Ru film with a thickness of ∼3.5 nm after only 50 ALD cycles. The step coverage was approximately 100% over the contact holes (top opening diameter was 89 nm) with a high aspect ratio (24:1).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)D85-D88
JournalElectrochemical and Solid-State Letters
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Sep 18


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Electrochemistry
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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