Design, Synthesis, and Evaluation of CF3AuCNR Precursors for Focused Electron Beam-Induced Deposition of Gold
journal contributionposted on 2019-03-05, 00:00 authored by Will G. Carden, Rachel M. Thorman, Ilyas Unlu, Khalil A. Abboud, D. Howard Fairbrother, Lisa McElwee-White
The Au(I) complexes CF3AuCNMe (1a) and CF3AuCNtBu (1b) were investigated as Au(I) precursors for focused electron beam-induced deposition (FEBID) of metallic gold. Both 1a and 1b are sufficiently volatile for sublimation at 125 ± 1 mTorr in the temperature range of roughly 40–50 °C. Electron impact mass spectra of 1a–b show gold-containing ions resulting from fragmenting the CF3 group and the CNR ligand, whereas in negative chemical ionization of 1a–b, the major fragment results from dealkylation of the CNR ligand. Steady-state depositions from 1a in an Auger spectrometer produce deposits with a similar gold content to the commercial precursor Me2Au(acac) (3) deposited under the same conditions, while the gold content from 1b is less. These results enable us to suggest the likely fate of the CF3 and CNR ligands during FEBID.