MASc Student

Affiliations

Lok Si (Stacey) Chan Centre for Advanced Materials Joining
Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering
University of Waterloo

Contact Information

Phone: (519)-888-4567, ext. 33326
Office: E3-3110A
Email: s2chan@engmail.uwaterloo.ca

Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering
University of Waterloo
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1
Canada

Research Projects

Conductive anodic filament (CAF) susceptibility of printed wiring boards (PWBs)

Since 1970s, researchers identified a new catastrophic failure mode called CAF in PWBs. Today, the study of CAF becomes very important as a result of the increased wiring density, the use of halogen-free retardants, and the demands for better performance in the hostile environment for electronic devices.

My first objective of the research is to evaluate the CAF susceptibility of PWBs containing halogen-free flame retardants and different curing agents such as dicyandiamide (DICY), phenolic, and traditional bromide. The second objective is to study the effects of test structures such as hole-to-hole, micro-via to micro-via, and power plan to hole on CAF formation.

Project sponsor(s)

  • Research In Motion

Project supervisor(s)

  • Professor Laura Turbini
  • Professor Y. Norman Zhou

Research Interests

  • Microjoining technology in microelectronic packaging and assembly
  • CAF susceptibility of PWBs containing halogen-free flame retardants and different curing agents

Thesis Supervisor(s)

  • Professor Laura Turbini
  • Professor Y. Norman Zhou
Affiliation: 
University of Waterloo