Self-organization and dynamics of nanoparticles in chemically active plasmas for low-temperature deposition of silicon and carbon-based nanostructured films

Vladimirov, S.V. & Ostrikov, K. (2003) Self-organization and dynamics of nanoparticles in chemically active plasmas for low-temperature deposition of silicon and carbon-based nanostructured films. Plasmas and Polymers, 8(2), pp. 135-152.

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Abstract

Self-organization and dynamic processes of nano/micron-sized solid particles grown in low-temperature chemically active plasmas as well as the associated physico-chemical processes are reviewed. Three specific reactive plasma chemistries, namely, of silane (SiH4), acetylene (C 2H2), and octafluorocyclobutane (c-C4F 8) RF plasma discharges for plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition of amorphous hydrogenated silicon, hydrogenated and fluorinated carbon films, are considered. It is shown that the particle growth mechanisms and specific self-organization processes in the complex reactive plasma systems are related to the chemical organization and size of the nanoparticles. Correlation between the nanoparticle origin and self-organization in the ionized gas phase and improved thin film properties is reported. Self-organization and dynamic phenomena in relevant reactive plasma environments are studied for equivalent model systems comprising inert buffer gas and mono-dispersed organic particulate powders. Growth kinetics and dynamic properties of the plasma-assembled nanoparticles can be critical for the process quality in microelectronics as well as a number of other industrial applications including production of fine metal or ceramic powders, nanoparticle-unit thin film deposition, nanostructuring of substrates, nucleating agents in polymer and plastics synthesis, drug delivery systems, inorganic additives for sunscreens and UV-absorbers, and several others. Several unique properties of the chemically active plasma-nanoparticle systems are discussed as well.

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ID Code: 74190
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Fine particles, Nanostructured films, Reactive plasmas, Self-organization
DOI: 10.1023/A:1024050512623
ISSN: 1084-0184
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Deposited On: 21 Jul 2014 01:59
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2014 01:59

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