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How Indium Is Used To Make LEDs

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  • At Indium Corporation, we use indium metal to make many different forms, such as: wire, ribbon, and solder preforms. We also use it to produce various indium compounds. One of those indium compounds is indium trichloride (InCl3), which is an important material for making LEDs.

    Indium trichloride isn't used directly though. It is a "precursor" component used to create TMI (tri-methyl indium). TMI is then deposited by chemical vapor deposition. Deposition techniques are discussed here:

    Here is a simple way to break down the path of indium into LEDs:

    In + Cl --> indium (III) chloride --> TMI --> LED

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    Authored by previous Indium Application Manager Jim Hisert