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AkzoNobel broadens its horizons with magnesium-based LED precursor

The firm has increased manufacturing capacity for its High Purity MetalOrganics (HPMO) product range, and is now producing Cp2Mg. This adds to AkzoNobel's metalorganic portfolio ; materials which are used in the production of compound semiconductor wafers grown by MOCVD

AkzoNobel has recently started production of the magnesium-based metalorganic compound Cp2Mg. Used as a dopant in compound semiconductor epitaxial structures, the product, also known as bis-cyclopentadienyl magnesium, is being manufactured at the company’s Deventer site in the Netherlands. This expands AkzoNobel’s technology for the manufacturing of highly pure metal-organic complexes, which are used in a number of markets including electronics, polymer and pharmaceutical applications. “Cp2Mg is a relatively small part of our product range, however, it is a key product for our customers and used extensively in many CVD applications” says Michiel Floor, Global Business Manager of the HPMO product group. “We continue to execute our capacity growth plan across all products in our portfolio, to support further growth of the LED and other compound semiconductor industries. While our expansion efforts are focused on growth of our core products Trimethyl Gallium (TMGa), Triethyl Gallium (TEGa), Trimethyl Indium (TMIn) and Trimethyl Aluminium (TMAl), we are very happy to bring the new and large scale Cp2Mg capacity at Deventer on stream, to the benefit of our global customer base. The newly added capabilities can also be used to produce other advanced metalorganic complexes used in the broader semiconductor industry, so we will pursue further development of this product range,” he adds. The HPMO business is part of AkzoNobel Functional Chemicals, which produces semiconductor grade indium, gallium, aluminium, zinc and magnesium based metalorganics. These materials are all used as key precursor materials in the production of LEDs, solar cells and other compound semiconductor devices.

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