Corrosion Resistance of Nanosized Silicon Carbide-Rich Composite Coatings Produced by Noble Gas Ion Mixing

A. S. Racz, Z. Kerner, A. Nemeth, P. Panjan, L. Péter, A. Sulyok, G. Vértesy, Z. Zolnai, M. Menyhárd

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Abstract

Ion beam mixing has been used to produce a silicon carbide (SiC)-rich nanolayer for protective coating. Different C/Si/C/Si/C/Si(substrate) multilayer structures (with individual layer thicknesses falling in the range of 10-20 nm) have been irradiated by Ar+ and Xe+ ions at room temperature in the energy and fluence ranges of 40-120 keV and 1-6 × 1016 ion/cm2, respectively. The effects of ion irradiation, including the in-depth distribution of the SiC produced, was determined by Auger electron spectroscopy depth profiling. The thickness of the SiC-rich region was only some nanometers, and it could be tailored by changing the layer structure and the ion irradiation conditions. The corrosion resistance of the layers was investigated by potentiodynamic electrochemical test in 4 M KOH solution. The measured corrosion resistance of the SiC-rich layers was orders of magnitude better than that of pure silicon, and a correlation was found between the corrosion current density and the effective areal density of the SiC.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)44892-44899
Number of pages8
JournalACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
Volume9
Issue number51
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 27 2017

Keywords

  • composite coating
  • corrosion protection
  • ion beam mixing
  • potentiodynamic test
  • room-temperature SiC formation
  • SiC nanocoating

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)

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