Interfacial reactions in Sn-20In-2.8Ag/Cu couples

Shih Kang Lin, Che Wei Hsu, Sinn Wen Chen, Chia Ming Hsu

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Interfacial reactions between Sn-20 wt.%In-2.8 wt.%Ag (Sn-20In-2.8Ag) Pb-free solder and Cu substrate at 250, 150, and 100 C were investigated. A scallop-type η-Cu6Sn5 phase layer and a planar ε-Cu3Sn phase layer formed at the interface at 250 C. The indium content in the molten solder near the interface was increased with the formation of the η-Cu6Sn5 phase; and the η-Cu 6Sn5, Ag2In, Cu2In3Sn, and γ-InSn4 phases formed from the solidification of the remaining solder. At 100 and 150 C, only the η-Cu6Sn5 phase was found at the interface. However, unusual liquid/solid reaction-like interfacial morphologies, such as irregular elongated intermetallic layers and isolated intermetallic grains, were observed in the solid-state reactions. These η phase layers had less Sn content than the Sn-20In-2.8Ag alloy, resulting in an excess Sn-rich γ-InSn4 phase accumulating at the interface and forming porous η layers on top of the initially formed dense η layers at 150 C. At 100 C, large elongated η grains were formed, whereas the interfacial layers remained almost unchanged after prolonged reaction. Based on the experimental evidence, the growth of the η phase was proposed to follow a diffusion-controlled mechanism at 250, 150 and 100 C, while that of the ε phase was probably controlled by the reaction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)268-275
Number of pages8
JournalMaterials Chemistry and Physics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Oct 15

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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