Coating of meso-porous metallic membranes with oriented channel-like fine pores by pulsed laser deposition
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Mukherji D., DDr Jürgen Lackner, Wanderka N., Kardjilov N., Näth O., Jäger S., Schmitz F., Rösler J.
Nanotechnology 19, pp. 065706/1-065706/8, 2008
There is increasing demand to functionalize meso- and nanoporous materials by coating and make the porous substrate biocompatible or environmentally friendly. However, coating on a meso-porous substrate poses great challenges, especially if the pore aspect ratio is high. We adopted the pulsed laser deposition (PLD) method to coat Ni3Al-based meso-porous membranes, which were fabricated from a single-crystal Ni-based superalloy by a unique selective phase dissolution technique. These membranes were about 250 μm thick and had channel-like pores (about 200 nm wide) with very high aspect ratio. Two different coating materials, i.e. diamond-like carbon (DLC) and titanium, were used to coat these membranes. High energy C or Ti ions, produced in the plasma plume by the PLD process, penetrated the channel-like pores and deposited coatings on the pore walls deep inside the membrane. The thickness and the quality of coatings on the pore walls were examined using the dual-beam system. The coating thickness, of the order of 50 nm, was adherent to the pore walls and was quite uniform at different depths. The carbon and the Ti deposition behaved quite similarly. The preliminary experiments showed that the PLD is an adequate method for coating fine open cavities of complex geometry. Simulations based on stopping and the range of ions in matter (SRIM) calculations helped in understanding the deposition processes on pore walls at great depths.