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Thermodynamic analysis of growth of iron oxide films by MOCVD using tris(t-butyl-3-oxo-butanoato)iron(III) as precursor

Dhar, Sukanya and Shalini, K and Shivashankar, SA (2008) Thermodynamic analysis of growth of iron oxide films by MOCVD using tris(t-butyl-3-oxo-butanoato)iron(III) as precursor. In: Bulletin of Materials Science, 31 (5). pp. 723-728.

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Abstract

Thermodynamic calculations, using the criterion of minimization of total Gibbs free energy of the system, have been carried out for the metalorganic chemical vapour deposition (MOCVD) process involving the β-ketoesterate complex of iron [tris(t-butyl-3-oxo-butanoato)iron(III) or Fe(tbob)3] and molecular oxygen. The calculations predict, under different CVD conditions such as temperature and pressure, the deposition of carbon-free pure Fe3O4, mixtures of different proportions of Fe3O4 and Fe2O3, and pure Fe2O3. The regimes of these thermodynamic CVD parameters required for the deposition of these pure and mixed phases have been depicted in a ‘CVD phase stability diagram’. In attempts at verification of the thermodynamic calculations, it has been found by XRD and SEM analysis that, under different conditions, MOCVD results in the deposition of films comprising pure and mixed phases of iron oxide, with no carbonaceous impurities. This is consistent with the calculations.

Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: MOCVD;pure and mixed iron oxide films;CVD phase stability diagrams.
Department/Centre: Division of Chemical Sciences > Materials Research Centre
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2009 10:18
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 04:57
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/17504

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