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Electrical and thermal conductivities of polymer composites containing nano-sized particles [electronics packaging applications]

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4 Author(s)
Lianhua Fan ; Sch. of Mater. Sci. & Eng., Georgia Inst. of Technol., Atlanta, GA, USA ; Bin Su ; Jianmin Qu ; C. P. Wong

Electrically conductive adhesives (ECAs) have been explored as an environment friendly interconnection technique. While they have many potential advantages for surface mount and flip chip applications, typical ECA materials suffer from several critical issues when used as a drop-in replacement for lead-containing solders. In an attempt to understand and improve the thermomechanical properties of ECA materials, nano-sized silver particles were introduced into the conventional ECA compositions. The influence of nano particles on bulk resistivity is reported in this paper. It was found that the bulk resistivity of ECA formulations strongly depended on the contents of silver flake and nano particles, as well as the particle morphology and surface properties. The thermal conductivity of alumina based composite samples was also affected by the inclusion of nano alumina particles. Both the electrical and thermal conductivities of the polymer composites containing nano particles would be determined by the contacts of micro-sized particles and interfaces that involve nano particles along the conduction paths.

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Electronic Components and Technology Conference, 2004. Proceedings. 54th  (Volume:1 )

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1-4 June 2004