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Performance of a Polymer-Based Sensor Package at Extreme Temperature

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1184-1200
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Electronic Materials
Issue number2
Early online date2015
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


There is an increasing need for inexpensive packaging structures for demanding industrial electronics applications. This paper studies the usability of a polymer-based sensor package at very high temperatures. Resistance-based temperature sensors were attached with polymer-based electrically conductive adhesives (ECAs) onto flexible polyimide (PI) printed circuit boards (PCB). The materials used in the structure were not specifically designed for high temperature use. However, they were all commercial materials, easily available and typically reliable under normal use conditions of consumer electronics. The samples were aged at 240°C and electrically monitored during the test. Electrically, the sensor samples were observed to fail after 100 h of aging. However, material characterisation revealed that the materials started to degrade much earlier. The adhesive layer in the PI PCB and the ECA materials started to degrade after just 30 h of aging at 240°C, and mechanically the materials were observed to become brittle, making them prone to cracking and delamination. The results showed that such a polymer package is usable at 240°C for relatively short exposure times, but under longer exposure times the mechanical reliability of the package deteriorates and this needs to be taken into account.