The successful application of micro-sensing chips based on ion-sensitive field effect transistor principles depends on preventing the penetration of electrolyte into the interface between the encapsulation polymer and the insulating layer. This study employs a capacitance-voltage (C-V) technique to evaluate the adhesion and hermeticity of the polymer-substrate interface in a liquid environment. Three-layered structures simulating micro-sensing chips were fabricated for the evaluation. Each three-layered structure comprises an upper epoxy layer (with or without a window opening), a middle dielectric layer, and a lower Si wafer substrate. Equivalent circuits were established to explain the C-V characteristics of the three-layered structures. The results show that by applying the C-V technique and using an appropriate equivalent circuit, the adhesion and hermeticity between the encapsulating epoxy layer and the insulating layer can be evaluated.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Surfaces and Interfaces
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films
- Metals and Alloys
- Materials Chemistry