Synthesis and characterization of Zr2Al3C4 thin films
2015 (English)In: Thin Solid Films, ISSN 0040-6090, E-ISSN 1879-2731, Vol. 595, 142-147 p.Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
Zr2Al3C4 is an inherently nanolaminated carbide where layers of ZrC alternate with layers of Al3C2. Characterization of bulk samples has shown it has improved damage tolerance and oxidation resistance compared to its binary counterpart ZrC. Though a potential candidate for coatings applied for use in harsh environments, thin films of Zr2Al3C4 have not been reported. We have synthesized epitaxial Zr2Al3C4 thin films by pulsed cathodic arc deposition from three elemental cathodes, and have studied the effect of incident atomic flux ratio, deposition temperature, and choice of substrate on material quality. X-ray diffraction analysis showed that Zr2Al3C4 of the highest structural quality was obtained for growth on 4 H-SiC(001) substrate at 800 degrees C. Also, suppression of competing phases could be achieved on alpha-Al2O3(001) at elevated substrate temperatures. Very similar growth behavior to that of the well-known M(n+1)AX(n) phases - Al supersaturation, binary carbide intergrowth and high sensitivity to choice of substrate - indicates a strong connection between the two families of materials, despite their differences in structure and in chemistry. (C) 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
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ELSEVIER SCIENCE SA , 2015. Vol. 595, 142-147 p.
Thin film; Cathodic arc deposition; Zr2Al3C4; Nanolaminate; Zirconium carbide
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-123798DOI: 10.1016/j.tsf.2015.10.079ISI: 000365812400024OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-123798DiVA: diva2:892925
Funding Agencies|European Research Council under the European Community Seventh Framework Program (FP7)/ERC ; KAW Foundation; Swedish Research Council (VR) [642-2013-8020, 621-2012-4425]; KAW Fellowship program2016-01-112016-01-112016-03-11Bibliographically approved