Fabrication and characterisation of electrodeposited and magnetron sputtered thin films

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Authors: Khan, Z., Pashaei, P., Bajwa, R., Nazir, M.H. and Cakmak, M.



Journal: International Journal of Computational Methods and Experimental Measurements

Volume: 3

Issue: 2

Pages: 165-174

Publisher: Wessex Institute of Technology

eISSN: 2046-0554

ISSN: 2046-0546

DOI: 10.2495/CMEM-V3-N2-165-174

The MnO-Zn thin films were fabricated by radio frequency (RF) magnetron sputtering and compared with pulse electrodeposition (PED) Zn thin films, doped with MnO and ZrO nanoparticles. Surface morphology, structural properties, chemical composition and corrosion resistance of these coatings were investigated by using Scanning Electron Microscopic (SEM), X-ray Diffraction (XRD), Energy-dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy (EDS), 3-D Scanning Interferometry and environmental chamber. Surface morphology and degree of crystallinity have different behaviour for differen t deposi tion method. Pulse coated films have polycrystalline structure with high surface roughness (Ra) whereas sputtered films are mono-crystalline with reduced roughness (Ra). Corrosion tests of both RF sputter and PED films revealed that the distribution of corrosion products formed on the surface of sputter films were not severe in extent as in case of electrodeposited coatings. Results showed that the doping of ZrO nano-sized particles in Zn matrix and Mn-Zn composite films significantly improved the corrosion resistance of PED thin films.

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