Nanotribological and nanomechanical properties of plasma-polymerized polyterpenol thin films

Bazaka, Kateryna & Jacob, Mohan V. (2011) Nanotribological and nanomechanical properties of plasma-polymerized polyterpenol thin films. Journal of Materials Research, 26(23), pp. 2952-2961.

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Organic plasma polymers are currently attracting significant interest for their potential in the areas of flexible optoelectronics and biotechnology. Thin films of plasma-polymerized polyterpenol fabricated under varied deposition conditions were studied using nanoindentation and nanoscratch analyses. Coatings fabricated at higher deposition power were characterized by improved hardness, from 0.33 GPa for 10 W to 0.51 GPa for 100 W at 500-μN load, and enhanced wear resistance. The elastic recovery was estimated to be between 0.1 and 0.14. Coatings deposited at higher RF powers also showed less mechanical deformation and improved quality of adhesion. The average (R a) and root mean square (R q) surface roughness parameters decreased, from 0.44 nm and 0.56 nm for 10 W to 0.33 nm and 0.42 nm for 100 W, respectively.

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ID Code: 92079
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: nanoindentation, plasma-enhanced CVD, thin film
DOI: 10.1557/jmr.2011.349
ISSN: 0884-2914
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > MATERIALS ENGINEERING (091200)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Chemistry, Physics & Mechanical Engineering
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Materials Research Society
Deposited On: 20 Jan 2016 02:59
Last Modified: 22 Jan 2016 03:34

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