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Title: V6O13 films by control of the oxidation state from aqueous precursor to crystalline phase
Authors: PEYS, Nick
Ling, Yun
DEWULF, Daan
GIELIS, Sven
DE DOBBELAERE, Christopher
Cuypers, Daniel
ADRIAENSENS, Peter
VAN DOORSLAER, Sabine
De Gendt, Stefan
HARDY, An
VAN BAEL, Marlies
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: ROYAL SOC CHEMISTRY
Citation: DALTON TRANSACTIONS, 42 (4), p. 959-968
Abstract: An aqueous deposition process for V6O13 films is developed whereby the vanadium oxidation state is continuously controlled throughout the entire process. In the precursor stage, a controlled wet chemical reduction of the vanadium(V) source with oxalic acid is achieved and monitored by (51)Vanadium Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (V-51-NMR) and Ultraviolet-Visible (UV-Vis) spectroscopy. The resulting vanadium(IV) species in the aqueous solution are identified as mononuclear citrato-oxovanadate(IV) complexes by Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) and Fourier Transform Infra-Red (FTIR) spectroscopy. This precursor is successfully employed for the deposition of uniform, thin films. The optimal deposition and annealing conditions for the formation of crystalline V6O13, including the control of the vanadium oxidation state, are determined through an elaborate study of processing temperature and O-2 partial pressure. To ensure a sub 100 nm adjustable film thickness, a non-oxidative intermediate thermal treatment is carried out at the end of each deposition cycle, allowing maximal precursor decomposition while still avoiding V(IV) oxidation. The resulting surface hydrophilicity, indispensable for the homogeneous deposition of the next layer, is explained by an increased surface roughness and the increased availability of surface vanadyl groups. Crystalline V6O13 with a preferential (002) orientation is obtained after a post deposition annealing in a 0.1% O-2 ambient for thin films with a thickness of 20 nm.
Notes: Van Bael, MK (reprint author) [Peys, Nick; Dewulf, Daan; Gielis, Sven; De Dobbelaere, Christopher; Hardy, An; Van Bael, Marlies K.] Hasselt Univ, Inst Mat Res Inorgan & Phys Chem, Diepenbeek, Belgium. [Peys, Nick; Cuypers, Daniel; De Gendt, Stefan] IMEC VZW, Heverlee, Belgium. [Ling, Yun; Van Doorslaer, Sabine] Univ Antwerp, SIBAC Lab, Dept Phys, B-2020 Antwerp, Belgium. [Dewulf, Daan; Gielis, Sven; Hardy, An; Van Bael, Marlies K.] IMEC VZW, Div IMOMEC, Diepenbeek, Belgium. [Cuypers, Daniel; De Gendt, Stefan] KULeuven, Dept Chem, Heverlee, Belgium. [Adriaensens, Peter] Hasselt Univ, Inst Mat Res Appl & Analyt Chem, Diepenbeek, Belgium. nick.peys@uhasselt.be; marlies.vanbael@uhasselt.be
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/14596
DOI: 10.1039/c2dt31857a
ISI #: 000312659200019
ISSN: 1477-9226
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Validation: ecoom, 2014
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