A method of making a release coating includes the following steps: forming a mixture that includes (a) solid components comprising (i) 20-99% silicon by weight and (ii) 1-80% silicon nitride by weight and (b) a solvent; applying the mixture to an inner portion of a crucible or graphite board adapted to form an ingot or wafer comprising silicon; and annealing the mixture in a nitrogen atmosphere at a temperature ranging from 1000 to 2000.degree. C. The invention may also relate to release coatings and methods of making a silicon ingot or wafer including the use of a release coating.
GOVERNMENT RIGHTS STATEMENT
This invention was made with Government support under the Department of Energy Contract No. DE-AC36-99GO10337. Subcontract ZAX-5-33628-06. The Government has certain rights to the invention.