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Portrait of Ivan Maximov. Photo: Kennet Ruona

Ivan Maximov

Associate Professor, Coordinator Exploratory Nanotechnology

Portrait of Ivan Maximov. Photo: Kennet Ruona

Block Copolymer Nanopatterning of Dielectric Mask for Selective Area InAs Vertical Nanowire Growth


  • Anette Löfstrand
  • Mariusz Graczyk
  • Dmitry Suyatin
  • Anders Kvennefors
  • Ivan Maximov
  • Johannes Svensson
  • Lars-Erik Wernersson

Summary, in English

Nanowire (NW) based devices provide bright possibilities for many different applications [1]. The use of block copolymers (BCPs) for nanopatterning of dielectric masks for selective area metal-organic vapor phase epitaxy (MOVPE) of III-V nanowires [2] and for NW-device applications [3] has a great potential, when it comes to increasing the NW density and reducing their diameters, which is important i.e. for advancing NW-based field effect transistors (FETs) [4]. Unlike other nano-lithographic techniques, the BCP patterning allows easy formation of regular structures with small pitches, also below 20 nm [5, 6]. In current work, we report the application of BCP to define a high-definition dielectric mask to selectively grow vertical Indium Arsenide (InAs) nanowires using a MOVPE process.
Our study uses polystyrene-block-poly(4-vinyl pyridine) (PS-b-P4VP) nanopatterning of a dielectric mask, a thin layer (5-23 nm) of Silicon Nitride or Silicon Dioxide, on top of an epitaxially grown InAs layer on Si(111). Based upon Park et al. [7], we performed the spin-coating from a 0.625 wt% solution of PS50k-b-P4VP17k in Toluene:Tetrahydrofuran (THF) (4:1 volume ratio). After exploring microphase separation using various solvent ratios, our samples have been annealed in a solvent vapor mixture of THF and Methanol (9:1 volume ratio) for 4 hours in room temperature, resulting in formation of a hexagonal pattern of P4VP cylinders at 50 nm pitch in a PS matrix. Immersion into a preferential solvent for P4VP, such as Ethanol, extracts the P4VP to the surface, and opens up pores in the BCP [8]. Our study shows, that the pore diameter can thereafter be tuned by changing the temperature of Ethanol immersion (see Fig. 1a), suggesting that the mask opening diameters, and therefore also the nanowire diameters, is possible to tune in this way.
Oxygen plasma reactive ion etching thereafter removed any polymer residuals at the bottom of the structures, whereas CF4/CHF3 plasma transferred the structures into the dielectric layer. After wet etching of the native oxide, InAs nanowires were grown from the 50 nm pitch openings in the dielectric layer in MOVPE (see Fig. 1b-c). A more detailed study of the effects of process conditions, epitaxial V/III precursor ratio and growth temperature on NW growth is underway.

Figure 1. a) Graph of SEM analyzed pore diameter as a function of temperature after 1 hour Ethanol immersion, b) SEM top view image of PS-b-P4VP mask after transferring the pattern into the silicon dioxide layer on top of InAs/Si(111), and c) SEM tilted view image of InAs nanowires grown from openings in the silicon dioxide layer on top of InAs/Si(111).
We acknowledge B. Landeke-Wilsmark for his contributions in the initial stages of this work. All nanofabrication was carried out in Lund Nano Lab. We acknowledge financial support from the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research, project SSF RIF14-0090. The work was also supported by NanoLund and MyFab.

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  • Solid State Physics
  • NanoLund
  • Nano Electronics

Publishing year




Document type

Conference paper: abstract


  • Nano Technology

Conference name

4-th International Symposium on DSA, November 11-13, 2018, Sapporo, Japan

Conference date

2018-11-11 - 2018-11-13

Conference place

Sapporo, Japan



Research group

  • Nano Electronics