In this paper we describe how a merged pn Schottky diode (MPS diode) is capable to drive surge current levels far beyond the normal current of the diode and how to improve the device in order to achieve even higher surge current levels. For a sine half wave of 10 µs an 8A MPS diode (size: 2.52mm2) with conventional Al pad metallization shows surge current levels of greater than 500A, using Cu it can be increased to ~900A. For 10ms pulse length a different behaviour was observed, here diodes with Al pad metallization show a higher surge current level (80A) compared to Cu pad metallization (~ 40A). The root cause for this negative result at longer pulse time is based in a chemical interaction between Cu and the Schottky metal (Ti). Additionally, an outlook is given how Cu can contribute to improved surge current capability also at longer pulse lengths.