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J Nanosci Nanotechnol. 2013 Jul;13(7):4601-7.

Characteristic corrosion resistance of nanocrystalline TiN films prepared by high density plasma reactive magnetron sputtering.

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Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Pusan National University, Busan 609-735, Korea.


Nanocytalline TiN films were deposited on non-alkali glass and Al substrates by reactive DC magnetron sputtering (DCMS) with an electromagnetic field system (EMF). The microstructure and corrosion resistance of the TiN-coated Al substrates were estimated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and electrochemical methods. All the TiN films shows that they have a (111) preferred orientation at room temperature. TiN films deposited on Al substrate using only DCMS 400 W showed a sheet resistance of 3.22 x 10-1 omega/symbol see texts (resistivity, 3.22 x 10-5 omegacm). On the other hand, a relatively low sheet resistance of 1.91 x 10-1 omega/symbol see text (1.91 x 10-5 omegacm) was obtained for the dense nanocrystalline TiN film deposited on Al substrate using DCMS 375 W+ EMF 25 W, indicating that the introduction of an EMF system enhanced the electrical properties of the TiN film. TiN films deposited on Al substrate at 400 degreesC had a (200) preferred orientation with the lowest sheet resistance of 1.28x10-1 omega/symbol see texts (1.28 x 10-5 omegacm) which was attributed to reduced nano size defects and an improvement of the crystallinity. Potentiostatic and Potentiodynamic tests with a TiN-coated Al showed good corrosion resistance (l/corr, = 2.03 microA/cm2, Ecorr = -348 mV) compared to the uncoated Al substrate (/corr = 4.45 microA/cm2, Ecorr = -650 mV). Furthermore, EMF system showed that corrosion resistance of the TiN film also was enhanced compared to DCMS only. For the TiN film deposited on Al substrate at 400 degreesC, corrosion current and potential was 0.63 micro/cm2 and -1.5 mV, respectively. This improved corrosion resistance of the TiN film could be attributed to the densification of the film caused by enhancement of nitrification with increasing high reactive nitrogen radicals.

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