Structure and Properties of Nitrogen-Doped Hydrogenated Amorphous Carbon Films Fabricated by Plasma Immersion Ion Implantation (PIII)

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Author(s)

  • P. Yang
  • N. Huang
  • Y. X. Leng
  • S. C H Kwok
  • J. Y. Chen
  • J. Wang
  • Y. Leng

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Journal / PublicationIEEE International Conference on Plasma Science
Publication statusPublished - 2003

Conference

Title2003 IEEE International Conference on Plasma Science
PlaceKorea, Republic of
CityJeju
Period2 - 5 June 2003

Abstract

Recently, carbon nitride films and amorphous carbon films have received much attention as potential biomedical materials. Plasma immersion ion implantation - deposition (PIII-D) is a novel surface modification method in the biomaterials field. Its major advantages are high efficiency and non line-of-sight characteristic and it is readily adapted to biomedical devices with complex shape. In this work, nitrogen-doped hydrogenated amorphous carbon (a-C:H:N) films were deposited by PIII-D using N2/C2H 2 gas mixtures. Deposition was carried out at a constant RF power of 500 W. By adjusting the mix of N2/C2H2, a series of a-C:H:N films with different nitrogen contents were obtained. The film chemistry was examined using micro-Raman, XPS and FTIR. The surface morphology of the films was characterized by atomic force microscopy (AFM), The wettability of the films was measured by contact angle measurements employing different well-known liquids. The corrosion resistance was evaluated using electrochemical analysis. The results show that the wettability and corrosion resistance of the films are enhanced with increasing nitrogen concentration in the films and higher nitrogen fraction in the gas that also affects the evolution of the film structure and chemical bonds caused by nitrogen doping. One of the important experimental observations is that incorporation of nitrogen into the sixfold carbon rings structure breaks the symmetry in the sp2 domains.

Citation Format(s)

Structure and Properties of Nitrogen-Doped Hydrogenated Amorphous Carbon Films Fabricated by Plasma Immersion Ion Implantation (PIII). / Yang, P.; Huang, N.; Leng, Y. X.; Kwok, S. C H; Chen, J. Y.; Wang, J.; Leng, Y.; Chu, P. K.

In: IEEE International Conference on Plasma Science, 2003.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)22_Publication in policy or professional journal