Direct observation of the Ni stabilising effect in interfacial (Cu,Ni)6Sn5 intermetallic compounds

Flora Somidin, Hiroshi Maeno, Takaaki Toriyama, Stuart D. McDonald, Wenhui Yang, Syo Matsumura, Kazuhiro Nogita

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The polymorphic transformation in interfacial intermetallic compounds in three lead-free solder joints was investigated using in situ heating/isothermal/cooling observation techniques in high-voltage transmission electron microscopy (HVTEM). Here, the hexagonal η- to monoclinic η′-Cu6Sn5 polymorphic transformation was visualised systematically through zone-axis electron diffraction patterns and real-space imaging. Cu6Sn5 grains obtained in the as-reflowed solder joints that did not contain Ni (Sn–0.7Cu/Cu and Sn–3.0Ag–0.5Cu/Cu) show weak reflections in the diffraction patterns from the η′-Cu6Sn5. In Sn–0.7Cu–0.05Ni/Cu joints, no weak reflections were present in the diffraction patterns of the (Cu,Ni)6Sn5 grains indicating the presence of Ni prevented the η- to η′-Cu6Sn5 transformation. The movement of bend contours was also observed at around 186 °C in adjacent the grain boundaries in Cu6Sn5 but not in the (Cu,Ni)6Sn5. We also uncover the origin of the weak reflections and confirm the superstructure of monoclinic η′-Cu6Sn5 by obtaining atomic-resolution images within the areas from which the selected area diffraction patterns were obtained.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100530
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2020

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  • General Materials Science


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