Scientific content of the collaboration:
The collaboration between Laboratory of Inorganic Chemistry – University of Helsinki, Finland, and CNR-MDM-IMM, Italy, had the aim to develop a novel ALD recipe for thin film MoO3 deposition by using a novel molybdenum b-diketonate type precursor.
The growth of Molybdenum oxide by atomic layer deposition has been scarcely explored in literature , despite the high interest on this material as thin films for hot topics such as gas sensors  and lithium ion batteries .
Interestingly, Mo oxide can be utilized as a precursor for the growth of Mo-based dichalcogenides such as MoS2 that recently attracts a tremendous interest for its remarkable properties when it is reduced to single or few layers . Since ALD is naturally suited to results in a highly conformal film, the ALD of MoO3 films can overcome the above-mentioned constraints after carefully developing an appropriate process recipe. The recipes reported in literature are related exclusively to the use of molybdenum hexacarbonyl Mo(CO)6 as a precursor in combination with ozone or water. In these cases, the use of metal carbonyl is limited in a narrow temperature window due to its limited thermal stability at high temperature and low reactivity at low temperature . Other Mo precursor classes, i.e. halides or alkoxides, have not been experimented or even synthesized.
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