Si3N4 Etching with Carboxylic-Acid-Containing Superheated Water

Changjin Son, Taegun Park, Taehyeon Kim, Sangwoo Lim

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A selective Si3N4 etching is required in the semiconductor manufacturing process. In general, Si3N4 was selectively etched to SiO2 in hot H3PO4. However, since the existing Si3N4 etching process used a high-temperature and high-concentration acid solution, environment, health, and safety issues may occur. In this study, a new Si3N4 etching process based on superheated water was studied. In superheated water, Si3N4 was etched, but also Si and SiO2 were etched, making it difficult to apply to actual Si3N4 etching process. By adding carboxylic acid to superheated water, Si3N4 was selectively etched without material loss of Si and SiO2 in a Si3N4/SiO2 repeated stack structure. The Si3N4 etching process using superheated water with addition of carboxylic acid is an eco-friendly, safe and new etching process that can solve various problems that may occur in the existing H3PO4 process.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationECS Transactions
PublisherInstitute of Physics
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781607685395
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Event241st ECST Meeting - Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 2022 May 292022 Jun 2

Publication series

NameECS Transactions
ISSN (Print)1938-6737
ISSN (Electronic)1938-5862


Conference241st ECST Meeting

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© 2022 ECS - The Electrochemical Society.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)


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