Bera, Biswajit and Das, Pradip Sekhar and Bhattacharya, Manjima and Ghosh, Swapankumar and Mukhopadhyay, Anoop Kumar and Dey, Arjun (2016) Nanoscale contact resistance of V2O5 xerogel films developed by nanostructured powder. Journal of Physics D-Applied Physics, 49 (8). ISSN 0022-3727

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Here we report the synthesis of V2O5 nanostructures by a fast, simple, cost-effective, low-temperature chemical process; followed by the deposition of V2O5 xerogel thin films on a glass substrate by a sol-gel route. Phase analysis, phase transition, microstructural and electronic characterization studies are carried out by x-ray diffraction, texture coefficient analysis, field emission scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), related selected area electron diffraction pattern (SAED) analysis, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, thermogravimetry and differential thermal analysis, differential scanning calorimetry, and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy techniques. Confirmatory TEM and SAED data analysis prove further that in this polycrystalline powder there is a unique localized existence of purely single crystalline V2O5 powder with a preferred orientation in the (0 1 0) direction. The most interesting result obtained in the present work is that the xerogel thin films exhibit an inherent capability to enhance the intrinsic resistance against contact induced deformations as more external load is applied during the nanoindentation experiments. In addition, both the nanohardness and Young's modulus of the films are found to be insensitive to load variations (e.g. 1 to 7 mN). These results are explained in terms of microstructural parameters, e.g. porosity and structural configuration.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Engineering Materials
Divisions: Non-Oxide Ceramics & Composites
Depositing User: Bidhan Chaudhuri
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2016 11:00
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2016 11:00

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