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Surface and Morphological Features of ZrO2 Sol-Gel Coatings Obtained by Polymer Modified Solution †

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Institute of Electrochemistry and Energy Systems, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Akad. G. Bonchev str., bl. 10, 1113 Sofia, Bulgaria
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Institute of General and Inorganic Chemistry, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Akad. G. Bonchev str., bl. 11, 1113 Sofia, Bulgaria
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Institute of Optical Materials and Technologies, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Akad. G. Bonchev str., bl. 109, 1113 Sofia, Bulgaria
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Institute of Catalysis, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Akad. G. Bonchev str., bl. 11, 1113 Sofia, Bulgaria
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Presented at the 2nd Coatings and Interfaces Web Conference, 15–31 May 2020; Available online: https://ciwc2020.sciforum.net/.
Mater. Proc. 2020, 2(1), 6; https://doi.org/10.3390/CIWC2020-06810
Published: 30 April 2020
(This article belongs to the Proceedings of 2nd Coatings and Interfaces Web Conference (CIWC-2 2020))
Thin, homogeneous ZrO2 films were obtained by spin coating method from ZrOCl2 8H2O solution, modified with polyethylene glycol (PEG) (Mw = 400). The films have thickness of 80 nm and refractive index of about 1.45, which varied with the amount of added PEG. The thermal behaviour of the precursor was studied with thermogravimetry and differential thermal analysis (TG-DTA). The X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis revealed the presence of a mixture of monoclinic and tetragonal ZrO2 polycrystalline phases with nanosized crystallites. The formation of hydrogen bonds among the organic and inorganic components was proved by means of Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) analysis, while the different defect centres were investigated with electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy. The scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images showed that the samples are dense and crack-free, with ganglia-like nanostructure. It was established that the addition of polymer resulted in the introduction of free volume in the films, which also varied with the content of PEG in the precursor solution.
Keywords: zirconium dioxide; thin films; spin coating; PEG; optical properties zirconium dioxide; thin films; spin coating; PEG; optical properties
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Dimitrov, O.; Stambolova, I.; Vassilev, S.; Lazarova, K.; Babeva, T.; Mladenova, R. Surface and Morphological Features of ZrO2 Sol-Gel Coatings Obtained by Polymer Modified Solution. Mater. Proc. 2020, 2, 6. https://doi.org/10.3390/CIWC2020-06810

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Dimitrov O, Stambolova I, Vassilev S, Lazarova K, Babeva T, Mladenova R. Surface and Morphological Features of ZrO2 Sol-Gel Coatings Obtained by Polymer Modified Solution. Materials Proceedings. 2020; 2(1):6. https://doi.org/10.3390/CIWC2020-06810

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Dimitrov, Ognian, Irina Stambolova, Sasho Vassilev, Katerina Lazarova, Tsvetanka Babeva, and Ralitsa Mladenova. 2020. "Surface and Morphological Features of ZrO2 Sol-Gel Coatings Obtained by Polymer Modified Solution" Materials Proceedings 2, no. 1: 6. https://doi.org/10.3390/CIWC2020-06810

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