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Evaluation of sub-micrometer parylene C films as an insulation layer using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy

Authors
Journal
Progress in Organic Coatings
0300-9440
Publisher
Elsevier
Volume
77
Issue
2
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.porgcoat.2013.11.020
Keywords
  • Parylene C
  • Sub-Micrometer
  • Insulation
  • Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (Eis)
  • Equivalent Circuit Model
  • Accelerated Soak Test
Disciplines
  • Chemistry

Abstract

Abstract We investigated the insulation performance of sub-micrometer parylene C films over time using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). For this, interdigitated electrodes were fabricated and completely encapsulated with parylene C in thicknesses of 50, 100, 200, and 500nm. The EIS was measured in phosphate buffered saline (PBS) solution under an accelerated aging condition at 90°C over 45 days. To analyze the EIS data, the equivalent circuit models of coating at different stages of coating degradation were used and the lumped circuit parameters of the best fitted equivalent circuit model were extracted by curve fitting. The analysis of impedance using the equivalent circuit model and the FTIR measurements suggest that sub-micrometer parylene C coatings exhibited delamination resulting from water diffusion from the top surface as soon as being immersed in PBS solution, although the degree of delamination varied depending on the film thickness. The penetration of water through sub-micrometers thick parylene C films can occur as quickly as the film is in contact with solution, unlike for thicker coatings in several micrometers where water diffusion would be saturated before water reaches the bottom surface of the coating.

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