Examination of nanocrystalline TiC/amorphous C deposited thin films

Nikolett Oláh, Miklós Veres, Attila Sulyok, Miklós Menyhárd, Jeno Gubicza, Katalin Balázsi

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The relationship between structural, chemical and mechanical properties of nanocrystalline TiC/amorphous C (TiC/a:C) thin films was studied. Thin films were deposited by DC magnetron sputtering on oxidized silicon (Si/SiO2) substrates in argon at 25°C and 0.25Pa. The input power of the carbon target was kept at constant value of 150W while the input power of the titanium target was varied between 15 and 50W.It was found that all thin films consist of a few nanosized columnar TiC crystallites embedded in carbon matrix. The average size of TiC crystallites and the thickness of the carbon matrix have been found to correlate with Ti content in the films. The mechanical properties of the films have been strictly dependent on their structure. The highest values of the nanohardness (~66. GPa) and Young's modulus (~401. GPa) were observed for the film with the highest TiC content which was prepared at the largest input power of Ti target.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3421-3425
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the European Ceramic Society
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2014



  • Magnetron sputtering
  • Mechanical properties
  • Structure
  • TiC/a:C
  • XPS

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Materials Chemistry

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