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EPSRC Reference: GR/L16774/01
Title: PREPARATION, CHARACTERISATION AND TRIBOLOGICAL PROPERTIES OF CARBON NITRIDE
Principal Investigator: Milne, Professor WI
Other Investigators:
Evetts, Professor J Robertson, Professor J Field, Professor J
Hutchings, Professor I Brown, Professor M
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Project Partners:
Cambridge University Hospitals Trust Debeers Diamond Res Labs
Department: Engineering
Organisation: University of Cambridge
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 23 September 1996 Ends: 22 June 1999 Value (£): 225,007
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Materials Synthesis & Growth
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Construction Healthcare
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C3N4 is predicted to be a very hard solid, with a hardness similar to diamond. Carbon nitride films will be deposited by a combined vacuum arc/plasma beam source apparatus and by reactive sputtering. These techniques allow a wide range of control of the ion fluxes and ion energies to create the possible C3N4 phase and to engineer the bonding in amorphous Cnx phases. The sp3/sp2 binding ratio in the resulting films will be characterised by EELS and correlated to the measured mechanical properties. The films prepared by sputtering are amorphous and possess a unusually high elastic recovery and have potential as a low friction material for coating magnetic hard discs, biomedical implants and as a buffer layer for CVD diamond films. A detailed study of the mechanical, wear, friction and haemocompatibility properties of the films will be carried out as a function of deposition conditions.
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