We studied the influence of high temperature AlN buffer thickness on the property of GaN film on Si (1 1 1) substrate. Samples were grown by metal organic chemical vapor deposition. Optical microscopy, atomic force microscopy and X-ray diffraction were employed to characterize the samples. The results demonstrated that thickness of high temperature AlN buffer prominently influenced the morphology and the crystal quality of GaN epilayer. The optimized thickness of the AlN buffer is found to be about 150 nm. Under the optimized thickness, the largest crack-free range of GaN film is 10 mm x 10 mm and the full width at half maximum of GaN (0 0 0 2) rocking curve peak is 621.7 arcsec. Using high temperature AlN/AlGaN multibuffer combined with AlN/GaN superlattices interlayer we have obtained 2 mu m crack-free GaN epilayer on 2 in Si (1 1 1) substrates. (C) 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.