Joshua Gild


Eight nanometer platinum films were fabricated via electron beam deposition upon (001) strontium titanate (STO) substrates at ambient temperature then annealed at a range of temperatures in a reducing, oxidizing, or neutral environment. The evolution of platinum film dewetting and forming distinct nanocrystals was examined with XRD, AFM, and SEM. The initial deposition showed no crystallinity for the film. Upon annealing, a (001) cube on cube epitaxy was expected due to similar lattice parameters. However, an initial weak polycrystalline Pt (111) peak formed, which then transformed into (111) texture and eventually epitaxy. This (111) epitaxial relationship was observed in all annealing environments. The oxidizing environment suffered from significant platinum loss due to the sublimation of PtO2 at high temperatures, which as not seen in other environments. Secondary crystal growth from the STO substrate was seen in oxidizing and reducing environments and possibly indicated the in-plane epitaxy of the particles. Surface terminations of SrOx were found via AES despite etching to ensure a TiO2 termination, indicating migration of Ti atoms, most likely into the bulk platinum. The formation of (111) platinum epitaxy along with an SrOx termination in various environments indicates the substrate-platinum interactions are the predominant factor in determining platinum crystallinity and other features of the system.

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Platinum--Mechanical properties; Nanocrystals--Mechanical properties

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Materials Science and Engineering (MS)


Michael Pierce

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John-David Rocha

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Thomas Trabold


Physical copy available from RIT's Wallace Library at TP245.P7 G45 2015


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