Electroplating of copper onto a preanodized 7005Al/Al2O 3(p) metal matrix composite

J. C. Lin, W. D. Jehng, S. L. Lee

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

3 Scopus citations


The electroplating of copper onto 7005Al/Al2O3(P) metal matrix composites (Al MMC) is difficult but becomes feasible if the composites have been preanodized in mineral acids. It is clear that phosphoric (P) acid anodizing is better than oxalic (O) or sulfuric (S) acid anodizing when the morphology of the copper coating and its adhesion to the MMC substrate are considered. Electrochemical studies, such as cyclic anodic potentiodynamic polarization (CAPP), cyclic cathodic potentiodynamic polarization (CCPP) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) are beneficial in delineating the influence of the anodizing pretreatment on the subsequent copper electroplating process. A positive hysteresis of the CAPP curve in phosphoric acid indicates the effective removal of oxide film from the composite. After examining the CCPP curves for the Cu-electroplating bath, for MMC pretreated in various acids, we can understand the morphological differences in the copper coatings and variations in adhesion to the anodized composite. EIS measurements confirm the d.c.-polarization results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)597-605
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Applied Electrochemistry
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2003


  • Anodizing
  • Copper plating
  • Electrochemical methods
  • Metal matrix composites


Dive into the research topics of 'Electroplating of copper onto a preanodized 7005Al/Al<sub>2</sub>O <sub>3(p)</sub> metal matrix composite'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this