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Advanced epitaxial lift‐off and transfer procedure for the fabrication of high‐quality functional oxide membranes

Bouaziz, J., Cancellieri, C., Rheingans, B., Jeurgens, L. P. H., & La Mattina, F. 

Advanced Materials Interfaces, 2201458 (20 pp.) (2022).

In the past 5 years, the transfer of epitaxial oxide thin films has drawn a renewed interest in the scientific community. The major challenge in this technology is to minimize the appearance of extended bulk defects such as plastic deformations, cracks, and delamination, which are induced by the transfer process to a new host substrate. In this work, a procedure for the transfer of epitaxial oxide films where a rigid bond to the final host holder is obtained via a metallic Au/Ag bonding layer is presented. Here, the transfer of SrRuO3 (SRO) and SrRuO3/SrTiO3 (STO) epitaxial films grown on a water-soluble Sr3Al2O6 sacrificial layer is reported. These epitaxial films are grown on a STO substrate and transferred onto a Si host substrate. Roughness values lower than 1nm are observed for the transferred SRO membranes. Cross-section analysis shows straight interfaces without plastic deformation of the membranes. X-ray diffraction rocking-curve analysis evidences that mechanical damage is minimized and the membranes remain close to their initial quality. This procedure represents an important step forward in the development of advanced technologies for membrane transfer of epitaxial oxides and superstructures.

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Mechanical strain-enhanced ionic-conductivity in metal oxide membranes for energy applications

Elastic strain generated at the heterointerface between different metal oxides (in oxide nanocompo-sites) have been proposed as a strategy to intrinsically enhance the ionic conductivity at low opera-tion temperatures. Typical strain achieved by selected lattice mismatch at the heterointerface, can be only as high as about 2 − 3%. We investigate an alternative methods for straining oxide-ion conductor thin films and membranes at much higher levels toward plastic regime in order to enhance their ionic conductivity far beyond the current limits. To this end, single- and poly-crystalline thin films of typical oxide-ion conductor materials, will be prepared and transferred into bending setup to incrementally impose strain levels.



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Jordan Bouaziz, Claudia Cancellieri, Bastian Rheingans, Lars P. H. Jeurgens, Fabio La Mattina "Advanced Epitaxial Lift-Off and Transfer Procedure for the Fabrication of High-Quality Functional Oxide Membranes", Adv. Mater. Interfaces 2022, 2201458


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