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Preparation of polymer-metal nanocomposite films and performance evaluation as thermal interface material

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4 Author(s)
Bjorn Carlberg ; SMIT Center and BioNano Systems Laboratory, Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience (MC2), Chalmers University of Technology, SE-412 96, Göteborg, Sweden ; Teng Wang ; Yifeng Fu ; Johan Liu

An urgent need for improved thermal management of microelectronic systems has emerged as a direct consequence of increasing integration densities, both at chip and packaging level. Current thermal interface materials have been identified as a major bottleneck, hindering reduction of junction to ambient thermal resistance to future required levels (< 0.2 KW-1). In this paper we introduce and characterize the thermal performance of a nanostructured polymer-metal composite aimed at thermal interface material applications. The composite consists of a high porosity polymer nanofiber network infiltrated with a low melting temperature alloy. The inherent structure of the composite provides all-metal high thermally conductive pathways from surface to surface in assemblies. Results indicate total thermal resistances as low 8.5 Kmm2W-1 at bondline thicknesses of approximately 70 mum, corresponding to an effective thermal conductivity of up to 8 Wm-1K-1.

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Electronics System-Integration Technology Conference, 2008. ESTC 2008. 2nd

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1-4 Sept. 2008