Aluminum nitride thin film for stress biosensing application

Chung Ming Liu, Chin Sung Chen, Che Tong Lin, Sheng Yang Lee, Keng Liang Ou

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The microstructural properties and functional failure of A1-N thin films metal-insulator-metal (MIM) capacitors fabricated by reactive-sputtering were studied for the application as differential biosensing of bone cell. The film properties and capacitor capability of Al-N films with and without cell culture were determined using glancing incident X-ray diffraction (GIXRD), leakage current density, cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy (XTEM), and stress analysis as well as biocompatibility test. The as-deposited Al film has a face-center cubic structure and a low resistivity of 3.21 μΩ-cm. With increasing nitrogen concentration of Al-N films, phase transformations are identified as fcc-Al →fcc-Al(N)→ fcc-AlN → hcp-AlN. As the testing result of MIM capacitor, it was manifested that the failure of the AlN MIM capacitors was caused microvoids formed on the film after cell culture. The microvoid having occurred at the cell/AIN MIM capacitor caused it to leak out much of the current to the extent of a few microamperes even at 150k V/cm. The formation of microvoid and low break down voltage was explained by the stress variation during the cell differentiation and proliferation. The stress induced by interaction bone cell and hcp-AlN film resulted in lattice and/or atomic displacement and distortion of AlN. It is believed that the [002] oriented AlN film is shown to perform effectively as a biosensing film to detect the cell differentiation and proliferation by MIM capacitor device. Furthermore, the biosensing film will have a potential for use in wireless technology to monitor the osseointegration in the future. copyright The Electrochemical Society.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBiosensor Systems
PublisherElectrochemical Society Inc.
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9781566775304
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Event209th ECS Meeting - Denver, CO, United States
Duration: May 7 2006May 12 2006

Publication series

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


Other209th ECS Meeting
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityDenver, CO

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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