Surface Functionalisation and Characterization of Diamond Thin Films for Sensing Applications

Torrengo, Simona (2010) Surface Functionalisation and Characterization of Diamond Thin Films for Sensing Applications. PhD thesis, University of Trento.

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In this thesis work nanoscrystalline optical properties of diamond and two recent new NCD functionalisation techniques involving UV light (one step method and photochemical oxidation) have been investigated. Firstly the oxidation of diamond surface caused by the irradiation of the surface with UV-light in oxygen atmosphere was considered. Two different experiments in situ were realized in order to understand the physic-chemistry of this method. The chemical bonds between oxygen and surface carbon atoms were investigated by firstly performing an annealing treatment in ultra hight vacuum of a oxidized UV surface and then comparing the obtained result with annealing treatments of two different oxygenated diamond surfaces using other two techniques: plasma oxidation and piranha solution oxidation. An other interesting aspect on which clarity has to be made deal with amination process of diamond surface. As a first fundamental step, the efficiency on hydrogenated diamond surface was investigate. Successively the role of oxygen in the chemistry of amination process was studied performing in situ experiments using different terminated diamond surface (hydrogenated, chemically oxidized, UV oxidized) and different gaese (pure NH3 or NH3 + O2).

Item Type:Doctoral Thesis (PhD)
Doctoral School:Physics
Subjects:Area 02 - Scienze fisiche > FIS/03 FISICA DELLA MATERIA
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