The assessment of areal surface texture parameters for characterizing the adhesive bond strength of copper plated micro-machined glass.

The micro-electronics industry is investigating glass as an alternative printed circuit board material and interposer. Electroless copper plating of glass is required for tracks and interconnects, but understanding of how the surface topography of the glass substrate affects the mechanics of the copper/glass bond quality is limited. Areal surface texture parameters provide the potential for characterizing key surface features associated with improving copper/glass bonding. Laser ablation techniques have been used to prepare glass surfaces with micro-scale structured features, and these features have been quantified using areal parameters. The copper/glass bond strength has been quantified using scratch testing techniques, with statistical analysis identifying strongly correlating areal parameters that may be used for predictive design of glass surfaces.