Type

Journal Article

Authors

Niall Mcevoy
Werner Blau
Gareth Keeley
Hugo Nolan
Ehsan Rezvani
Shishir Kumar
Georg Duesberg

Subjects

Chemistry

Topics
chemical vapour deposition thin films analysis physical chemistry x ray thin films pyrolytic carbon information and communications technology nanoscience materials

Synthesis and Analysis of Thin Conducting Pyrolytic Carbon Films (2012)

Abstract We report on an adjustable process for chemical vapour deposition of thin films of pyrolytic carbon on inert substrates using an acetylene feedstock. Through modification of the reaction parameters control over film thickness and roughness is attained. These conducting films can be deposited in a conformal fashion, with thicknesses as low as 5 nm and a surface roughness of less than 1 nm. The highly reliable, cost effective and scalable synthesis may have a range of applications in information and communications technology and other areas. Raman and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopies, as well as high resolution transmission electron microscopy are used to investigate the composition and crystallinity of these films. The suitability of these films as electrodes in transparent conductors is assessed through a combination of absorbance and sheet resistance measurements. The films have a resistivity of ~ 2 ? 10-5 ?m but absorb strongly in the visible range. The electrochemical properties of the films are investigated and are seen to undergo a marked improvement following exposure to O2 or N2 plasmas, making them of interest as electrochemical electrodes.
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Full list of authors on original publication

Niall Mcevoy, Werner Blau, Gareth Keeley, Hugo Nolan, Ehsan Rezvani, Shishir Kumar, Georg Duesberg

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Niall Mcevoy
Trinity College Dublin
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Werner Blau
Trinity College Dublin
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Hugo Nolan
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Ehsan Rezvani
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Georg Duesberg
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