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Metal electrode integration on macroporous silicon: pore distribution and morphology

Gilles Scheen, Margherita Bassu* and Laurent A Francis

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Institute of Information and Communication Technologies, Electronics and Applied Mathematics, Université Catholique de Louvain, Place du Levant, 3, Louvain-la-Neuve, B-1348, Belgium

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2012, 7:395  doi:10.1186/1556-276X-7-395

Published: 16 July 2012


In this work, a new approach for the one-step integration of interdigitated electrodes on macroporous silicon substrates is presented. Titanium/gold interdigitated electrodes are used to pattern p-type silicon substrates prior the anodization in an organic electrolyte. The electrolyte characteristics, conductivity, and pH have been found to affect the adherence of the metal layer on the silicon surface during the electrochemical etching. The impact of the metal pattern on size distribution and morphology of the resulting macroporous silicon layer is analyzed. A formation mechanism supported by finite element simulation is proposed.

Macroporous silicon; Integration; Metal electrodes; Electrolyte composition; Pattern