Science and technology of diamond films grown on HfO2 interface layer for transformational technologies

Jesus J. Alcantar-Peña, Geunhee Lee, Erika M.A. Fuentes-Fernandez, Pablo Gurman, Manuel Quevedo-Lopez, Satyaprakash Sahoo, Ram S. Katiyar, Dainet Berman, Orlando Auciello*

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This paper describes the science underlying the synthesis and characterization of microcrystalline diamond (MCD) to ultrananocrystalline diamond (UNCD) films on hafnium oxide (HfO2) thin films, grown on flat Si substrates and micro-pillars on Si substrates, for the first time. HfO2 is used as a novel inter-phase layer for the integration of microcrystalline (1–3 μm grain size), nanocrystalline (10–200 nm grain size), and ultrananocrystalline diamond (3–5 nm grain size) as coatings on substrates used in transformational technologies such as silicon, oxides, and metals that need protective corrosion/mechanical abrasion resistant coatings developed in this work. Atomic layer deposition was used to grow HfO2 films with 5, 10, 30 and 100 nm in thickness, while hot filament chemical vapor deposition was used to grow diamond films, respectively. High resolution transmission electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron and Raman spectroscopies revealed the formation of an atomic scale hafnium carbide (HfC) interphase layer on the surface of the HfO2 film, which provides efficient nucleation for diamond film growth to produce tailored diamond surfaces on flat Si substrates and Si micro-pillars on flat Si substrates, for new transformational micro/nano-electronics and other high-tech technologies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)221-228
Number of pages8
JournalDiamond and Related Materials
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2016
Externally publishedYes

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  • Diamond
  • Electrical properties
  • Films
  • HfO interface layers


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