Analysis of films containing metal and metal oxide nanoparticles

By Pulsed RF GDOES

Metal and Metal oxides nanoparticles are introduced in films to enhance or add properties – corrosion resistance, photonics effects, antibacterial activity etc. 
Metal oxide nanoparticles are widely used for the fabrication of composites due to their availability.  Nanoparticles like ZnO, Al2O3, ZrO2, TiO2, CeO2, etc., incorporated in various metals and alloys have been used to generate composite layers with superior properties. Similarly, polymer films with embedded metal nanoparticles can be fabricated for instances by melting a powder mixture (Co alloy in polyethylene) or by drying in a powder resin mixture (Ag particles in epoxy resin).  
HORIBA Scientific is partner of a French research project that, in the same chamber, couples a spray of nanoparticles onto PVD growing layers.
Pulsed RF GDOES is used in many researches on these new materials to study the depth profile distribution of the particles and the thickness of the composite layer.

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