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Self-organized Labyrinthine Nanostructure in Zr0.64Al0.36N Thin Films
Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Thin Film Physics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Thin Film Physics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Thin Film Physics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2837-3656
Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Nanostructured Materials. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2286-5588
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Self-organization of functional ceramics on the nanometer scale drives scientific and technological research in such diverse fields as cutting tools and light-emitting diodes. A classic example is spinodal decomposition in TiAlN thin films, which yields intricate nanostructures from the isostructural decomposition into cubic-structrure (c) AlN and TiN domains, resulting in age hardening [1]. Here, we explore the ZrN-AlN system, which has one of the largest positive enthalpies of mixing among the systems combining a transition metal nitride and a wide-band gap nitride [2]. Interestingly, an original nanolabyrinthine structure evolves during thin film synthesis of Zr0.64Al0.36N. It consists of the non-isostructural phases c-ZrN and wurtzite-AlN with standing {110}‖{112̄0} planes.The selforganization in this system is discussed in terms of a competition between interfacial and surface elastic energy, which produces a structure with a well-defined length scale. This effective nanostructural design yields films with hardnesses of 36 GPa, 44 % higher than comparable ZrN films.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-84257OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-84257DiVA: diva2:558389
Available from: 2012-10-03 Created: 2012-10-03 Last updated: 2016-08-31Bibliographically approved
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1. Inside The Miscibility Gap: Nanostructuring and Phase Transformations in Hard Nitride Coatings
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Inside The Miscibility Gap: Nanostructuring and Phase Transformations in Hard Nitride Coatings
2012 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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This thesis is concerned with self-organization phenomena in hard and wear resistant transition-metal nitride coatings, both during growth and during post deposition thermal annealing. The uniting physical principle in the studied systems is the immiscibility of their constituent parts, which leads, under certain conditions, to structural variations on the nanoscale. The study of such structures is challenging, and during this work atom probe tomography (apt) was developed as a viable tool for their study. Ti0.33Al0.67N was observed to undergo spinodal decomposition upon annealing to 900 °C, by the use of apt in combination with electron microscopy. The addition of C to TiSiN was found to promote and refine the feather-like microstructure common in the system, with an ensuing decrease in thermal stability. An age-hardening of 36 % was measured in arc evaporated Zr0.44Al0.56N1.20, which was a nanocomposite of cubic, hexagonal, and amorphous phases. Magnetron sputtering of Zr0.64Al0.36N at 900 °C resulted in a self-organized and highly ordered growth of a two-dimensional two-phase labyrinthine structure of cubic ZrN and wurtzite AlN.The structure was analyzed and recovered by apt, although the ZrN phase suffered from severe trajectory aberrations, rendering only the Al signal useable.The initiation of the organized growth was found to occur by local nucleation at 5-8 nm from the substrate, before which random fluctuations in Al/Zr content increased steadily from the substrate. Finally, the decomposition of solid-solution TiB0.33N0.67 was found, by apt, to progress through the nucleation of TiB0.5N0.5 and TiN, followed by the transformation of the former into hexagonal TiB2.

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Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2012. 69 p.
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Linköping Studies in Science and Technology. Dissertations, ISSN 0345-7524 ; 1472
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urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-84263 (URN)978-91-7519-809-5 (ISBN)
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2012-10-19, Planck, Fysikhuset, Campus Valla, Linköpings universitet, Linköping, 10:15 (English)
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Available from: 2012-10-03 Created: 2012-10-03 Last updated: 2016-08-31Bibliographically approved

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