Precision Wet Etching of ZnO Using Buffer Solutions

Sora Lee, Timothy N. Walter, Sangjun Noh, Suzanne E. Mohney, Thomas N. Jackson

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Zinc oxide (ZnO) is a metal oxide semiconductor of interest for a wide range of electronic and optoelectronic device applications. Many devices require etching of ZnO structures and there have been many investigations of ZnO wet-etching processes. However, most reported etches have problems with reproducibility and especially control of vertical and lateral (or undercut) etching uniformity. In this work, we report new buffer solutions that provide controlled vertical and lateral etching of ZnO. We compare the ZnO etch characteristics of buffer etchants to a previously reported ammonium chloride etch. Using buffer etchants of suitable composition we find reaction-rate-limited, uniform, reproducible etching, and similar vertical and lateral etch rates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number9210776
Pages (from-to)1504-1509
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Microelectromechanical Systems
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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