An Improved Process to Facilitate the Chemical Bonding of Electroless Copper to Polyetherimide Surfaces

  • B. R. Karas
  • D. F. Foust
  • W. V. Dumas
  • E. J. Lamby


An improved, chromium-free, non-swell and etch process for treating Ultem® polyetherimide is described. A peel strength between electroless copper and the polymer of 150–200 g/mm is obtained while producing little surface roughness. The results of ultrasonic aluminum ball bond tests to gilded polyetherimide surfaces show an order of magnitude decrease in wires failing to bond relative to previous systems. Results from scanning and transmission electron microscopic, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic, and Auger analyses of the system are discussed and indicate that a well-defined interface exists. Classes of adhesion promoters and the effects of process parameters on the innate properties of the polymer are described. Cohesive failure occurs in the polymer layer during 90°peel testing. The applicability of the system to a manufacturing environment is discussed via simulated production techniques.


Wire Bonding Etch Time Peel Testing Peel Strength Adhesion Promoter 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • B. R. Karas
    • 1
  • D. F. Foust
    • 1
  • W. V. Dumas
    • 2
  • E. J. Lamby
    • 1
  1. 1.GE Corporate Research and DevelopmentSchenectadyUSA
  2. 2.GE Armament and Electrical Systems DepartmentBurlingtonUSA

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