Nanotwinned CoCrFeMnNi high entropy alloy films for flexible electronic device applications

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  • Ze Wang
  • Cheng Wang
  • Chun-Hway Hsueh


Original languageEnglish
Article number110249
Journal / PublicationVacuum
Online published17 Apr 2021
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2021


Designing a metal film with good toughness, high fatigue resistance and electrical resistivity is a daunting challenge for flexible electronic devices. Nanotwin strengthening is a possible way to solve this problem. Nanocrystalline CoCrFeMnNi high entropy alloy films (HEAFs) with high-density nanotwins were processed by magnetron sputtering in the present study. The films exhibited good toughness, high fatigue resistance and the electrical resistivity. The outstanding toughness could be attributed to nanotwins that constricted void initiation and crack propagation. The fatigue resistance was found to result from detwinning of nanotwins in nanograins during cyclic loading, and the high electrical resistivity was attributed to the retardation of electron movement by the high-density grain boundaries and severe lattice distortions. The findings showed that nanotwins could be used to tune the mechanical properties of HEAFs with the potential applications for flexible electronic devices in microelectromechanical systems.

Research Area(s)

  • Electrical resistivity, Fatigue resistance, Flexible electronic device, High entropy alloy films, Nanotwins