Formation and structural features of nitrogen-doped titanium dioxide thin films grown by reactive magnetron sputtering

Alla Pustovalova, Elena Boytsova, Danagul Aubakirova, Michael Bruns, Sergei Tverdokhlebov, Vladimir Pichugin

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Abstract

The structural features of N-doped titanium dioxide (N-TiO2) thin films deposited via reactive magnetron sputtering system with different nitrogen to oxygen ratio are analyzed. Bias voltage was used as a significant parameter involved in the deposition process. Grown films have two-phase structure consisting of anatase and rutile mixture. The analysis of structure and morphology of the films by SEM, TEM, XRD, FTIR and XPS techniques showed the changing of anatase to rutile ratio and grain size reduction in N-TiO2 thin films with increase of nitrogen content in the working gas at simultaneous bias applying. Nitrogen atoms in oxide form are located at the crystallites boundaries and this 2D quasi-layer of NOx species limits the epitaxial growth of TiO2 crystallites during film formation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number147572
JournalApplied Surface Science
Volume534
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Dec 2020

Keywords

  • Bias voltage
  • Magnetron sputtering
  • N-doped TiO
  • Nitrogen oxides
  • Titanium dioxide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films

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