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Characterization of Platinum-Based Thin Films Deposited by Thermionic Vacuum Arc (TVA) Method


COZMA Sebastian VLADOIU Rodica MANDES Aurelia DINCA Virginia PRODAN Gabriel BURŠÍKOVÁ Vilma

Year of publication 2020
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Materials
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Faculty of Science

Keywords Pt; PtTi thin films; TVA; morphological properties
Description The current work aimed to characterize the morphology, chemical, and mechanical properties of Pt and PtTi thin films deposited via thermionic vacuum arc (TVA) method on glass and silicon substrates. The deposited thin films were characterized by means of a scanning electron microscope technique (SEM). The quantitative elemental microanalysis was done using energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS). The tribological properties were studied by a ball-on-disc tribometer, and the mechanical properties were measured using nanoindentation tests. The roughness, as well as the micro and nanoscale features, were characterized using atomic force microscopy (AFM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The wettability of the deposited Pt and PtTi thin films was investigated by the surface free energy evaluation (SFE) method. The purpose of our study was to prove the potential applications of Pt-based thin films in fields, such as nanoelectronics, fuel cells, medicine, and materials science.
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