Improving the ductility of thin film metallic glasses via nano-twinning

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-47
Journal / PublicationThin Solid Films
Online published8 Jul 2013
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2014
Externally publishedYes


To reduce the brittle problem of thin film metallic glasses (TFMGs), the MgZrCu TFMGs, with a positive mixing heat between Mg and Zr, are fabricated via co-sputtering in an attempt to separate the pure Mg nano-rods (with or without nano-twins) from the amorphous ZrCu matrix. The nanocrystalline Mg nano-rods are expected to hinder the propagation of shear bands in TFMGs. When the Mg contents in the TFMGs vary from about 48 to 73 at%, discontinuous Mg nano-rods are dispersed in the amorphous matrix. Microcompression results obtained from the micropillars reveal that the TFMGs with Mg contents greater than 65 at% exhibit smooth and ductile behavior. The optimum Mg65 micropillar deforms by multiple shear bands. Due to the separated Mg nano-rods with nano-twins, the Mg-based TFMG composite micropillars possess rather high modulus ∼80 GPa, yield stress ∼1.7 GPa and lateral strain ∼52%, favorable for future applications in micro-electro-mechanical systems or biomedical devices.

Research Area(s)

  • Micro-compression, Multiple shear bands, Thin film metallic glasses, Twinning