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Synthesis and Characterization of Hydrogenated Diamond-Like Carbon (HDLC) Nanocomposite Films with Metal (Ag, Cu) Nanoparticles

Research Unit for Nanostructured Materials Systems (RUNMS), Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials science and Engineering, Cyprus University of Technology, Limassol 3046, Cyprus
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Materials 2020, 13(7), 1753; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma13071753
Received: 20 January 2020 / Revised: 30 March 2020 / Accepted: 7 April 2020 / Published: 9 April 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Diamond-Like Carbon (DLC) Films)
In this work, the synthesis and characterization of hydrogenated diamond-like carbon (HDLC) nanocomposite thin films with embedded metallic Ag and Cu nanoparticles (NPs) are studied. These nanocomposite films were deposited using a hybrid technique with independent control over the carbon and metal sources. The metallic nanoparticles were directly deposited from the gas phase, avoiding surface diffusion of metal species on the deposition surface. The structural features, surface topography and optical properties of pure and nanocomposite HDLC films are studied and the effect of metal introduction into the carbon matrix is discussed. The interactions between the carbon ion beam and the NPs are considered and it is demonstrated that the nanocomposite HDLC:metal films, especially for Cu NPs, can retain the transparency level of the pure HDLC, by limiting the interactions between metal and carbon during deposition. View Full-Text
Keywords: hydrogenated diamond like carbon; nanocomposite thin films; silver nanoparticles; copper nanoparticles; cluster beam source hydrogenated diamond like carbon; nanocomposite thin films; silver nanoparticles; copper nanoparticles; cluster beam source
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Koutsokeras, L.; Constantinou, M.; Nikolaou, P.; Constantinides, G.; Kelires, P. Synthesis and Characterization of Hydrogenated Diamond-Like Carbon (HDLC) Nanocomposite Films with Metal (Ag, Cu) Nanoparticles. Materials 2020, 13, 1753. https://doi.org/10.3390/ma13071753

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Koutsokeras L, Constantinou M, Nikolaou P, Constantinides G, Kelires P. Synthesis and Characterization of Hydrogenated Diamond-Like Carbon (HDLC) Nanocomposite Films with Metal (Ag, Cu) Nanoparticles. Materials. 2020; 13(7):1753. https://doi.org/10.3390/ma13071753

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Koutsokeras, Loukas, Marios Constantinou, Petros Nikolaou, Georgios Constantinides, and Pantelis Kelires. 2020. "Synthesis and Characterization of Hydrogenated Diamond-Like Carbon (HDLC) Nanocomposite Films with Metal (Ag, Cu) Nanoparticles" Materials 13, no. 7: 1753. https://doi.org/10.3390/ma13071753

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