Improving diamond–metal adhesion with graded TiCN interlayers

Chang Qing Sun, Yong Qing Fu, Bibo Yan, Jang-Hsing Hsieh, S. P. Lau, Xiaowei Sun, Beng Kang Tay

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An approach improving diamond–metal adhesion has been developed based on modeling predictions and experimental verifications on the interfacial stresses modified by catalytic reaction. It is found that N-plasma irradiating onto Ti and tungsten-carbide substrates generates tensile surface stresses while C-plasma irradiation creates strongly compressive stress at the surfaces, both of which deteriorate the diamond–metal adhesion. It is also found that surface oxidation prevents diamondnucleation. Therefore, we applied a graded TiCN interlayer with carefully adjusting the ratio of C and N in the gas mixture to neutralize the interfacial stress and, hence, we have improved the diamond–metal adhesion substantially.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2051
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2002


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