Institute of Functional Interfaces

Surface-Anchored Metal–Organic Frameworks as Versatile Resists for Gas-Assisted E-Beam Lithography: Fabrication of Sub-10 Nanometer Structures

  • chair:

    Drost, M. / Tu, F. / Berger, L. / Preischl, C. / Zhou, W. / Gliemann, H. / Wöll, C. / Marbach, H. (2018)

  • place:

    ACS Nano 2018, 12, 4, 3825-3835

  • Date: März 2018


We demonstrate that surface-anchored metal–organic frameworks (SURMOFs) are extraordinary well-suited as resists for high-resolution focused electron beam induced processing (FEBIP) techniques. The combination of such powerful lithographic protocols with the huge versatility of MOF materials are investigated in respect to their potential in nanostructures fabrication. The applied FEBIP methods rely on the local decomposition of Fe(CO)5 and Co(CO)3NO as precursors, either by the direct impact of the focused electron beam (electron beam induced deposition, EBID) or through the interaction of the precursor molecules with preirradiated/activated SURMOF areas (electron beam induced surface activation, EBISA). We demonstrate the huge potential of the approach for two different types of MOFs (HKUST-1 and Zn-DPDCPP). Our “surface science” approach to FEBIP, yields well-defined deposits with each investigated precursor/SURMOF combination. Local Auger electron spectroscopy reveals clean iron deposits from Fe(CO)5; deposits from Co(CO)3NO contain cobalt, nitrogen, and oxygen. EBISA experiments were successful with Fe(CO)5. Remarkably EBISA with Co(CO)3NO does not result in deposit formation on both resists, making the process chemically selective. Most importantly we demonstrate the fabrication of “nested-L” test structures with Fe(CO)5 on HKUST-1 with extremely narrow line widths of partially less than 8 nm, due to reduced electron proximity effects within the MOF-based resists. Considering that the actual diameter of the electron beam was larger than 6 nm, we see a huge potential for significant reduction of the structure sizes. In addition, the role and high potential of loading and transport of the precursor molecules within the porous SURMOF materials is discussed.