Protocols - SOPs

Recipe for 6:1 Buffered Oxide Etch (BOE) with Surfactant

Chemicals Required:

  • 100 g Ammonium Fluoride (NH4F)
  • 150 ml DI Water
  • 25 ml 49% Hydrofluoric Acid (HF)
  • 100 ml 0.1% Triton

Safety Preparation:

Be sure to wear protective lab gear (acid gloves, lab coat, eye protection, etc.) when preparing BOE because of its high HF content.


Begin by weighing out 100 g of NH4F into a glass beaker. Add 150 ml of DI water and apply heat while stirring to speed up the dissolution of NH4F. Once completely dissolved and solution has cooled to a lukewarm temperature, transfer it into a Teflon beaker (or a beaker of another material impervious to HF) and move the beaker into a chemical hood. Add 25 ml of 49% HF into the solution and stir until mixed thoroughly. Lastly, add 100 ml of 0.1% Triton to the solution and stir BOE until it appears transparent. Store BOE in a Teflon or polymer bottle for long-term storage.