Liquid and Vapor Deposition Precursors

The deposition methods for producing thin films can be divided into two types: liquid deposition or vapor deposition. The following content is a brief description of these two methods.

  • Liquid deposition

Liquid deposition is a unique deposition method that is performed by very simple procedures. This method is a unique process for preparing various metal oxide films by wet method, in which a substrate is immersed in a uniformly mixed aqueous solution to complete the reaction.

  • Vapor deposition

Vapor deposition usually refers to the deposition of material onto a substrate using the vapor phase of the deposited material, which can be divided into physical vapor deposition (PVD) and chemical vapor deposition (CVD). PVD is a process in which a thin coating is deposited on a substrate by a vaporization process. The solid material is used as a vapor source, which is transferred to the surface of the substrate to form a uniform coating layer. By the PVD method, vapor atoms or molecules produced from the solid material are placed adjacent to each other on the substrate[1]. CVD relies primarily on gas phase and gas-solid chemistry reactions to produce thin films, rather than the physical transfer of atoms from a condensing evaporation source or sputtering target to a substrate[2].

Various deposition methodsFigure 1. Various deposition methods[3].

Liquid and vapor deposition precursors are essential raw materials in the process of liquid deposition and vapor deposition. Their selection and use play a critical role in the quality and performance of the resulting thin films or coatings. Proper handling, storage and use of these chemicals is a critical way to ensure the safety of personnel and the final product.


Liquid and vapor deposition precursors are widely used in various industries for the deposition of thin films or coatings on a substrate.

Liquid and Vapor Deposition Precursors

Liquid deposition precursors are commonly used in applications where thin films or coatings need to be deposited over a large surface area. Relevant examples include the preparation of antireflection coatings on solar panels, the deposition of protective coatings on metal surfaces, and the production of transparent conductive oxide films for optoelectronic devices.

Vapor deposition precursors are typically used in applications that require a high degree of precision and control over the deposition process. Examples of vapor deposition applications include the manufacture of semiconductor devices, thin film deposition for magnetic data storage, and the production of high-quality optical coatings.

Liquid and Vapor Deposition Precursors

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  2. Ohring, Milton. Chemical vapor deposition. Materials Science of Thin Films. 2002: 277-355.
  3. Abdellaoui, H.; et al. Thermochromic composite materials: synthesis, properties and applications. Polymer Nanocomposite-Based Smart Materials. 2020: 61-78.
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