Researchers investigating chemical vapour deposition (CVD) would certainly call this field of study a mature research area. The field has grown significantly from the early days of the mid to late 1980’s where precursors had to be synthesized in-house to then decompose by gentle (more or less gentle) thermal treatment. Rapid developments associated with CVD derived materials can surely be associated with the ever increasing number of volatile organometallic and inorganic – some may consider them as simple coordination complexes- that are commercially available. Let’s us simply say that the sheer number is impressive and has something for everyone and for whatever purpose the mind can think of. Ranging from high purity silicon-containing reagents to volatile rare-earth precursors, Strem Chemicals has been involved in this field for quite some time and an extensive list of compounds are available for use in CVD (or non-CVD) related chemistry, see: our cvd section http://www.strem.com/catalog/d/mocvd/. Strem Chemicals UK
has available simple containers called bubblers enabling facile delivery of the reagents. Reagents can also be purchased in Swagelok-fitted stainless steel cylinders. These easily connected units made of stainless steel, come pre-charged with your favorite material and represent a plug-and-play approach to the once tedious synthetic task of actually making and handling such volatile materials.
For further information on CVD, MOCVD and our bubbler series and their availability in the UK and Eire please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or pick up the phone and talk to one of us 01223 873028.