Structure of diamond films grown using high-speed flow of a thermally activated CH4-H2 gas mixture

Yu V. Fedoseeva, D. V. Gorodetskiy, K. I. Baskakova, I. P. Asanov, L. G. Bulusheva, A. A. Makarova, I. B. Yudin, M. Yu Plotnikov, A. A. Emelyanov, A. K. Rebrov, A. V. Okotrub

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Diamond films are advanced engineering materials for various industrial applications requiring a coating material with extremely high thermal conductivity and low electrical conductivity. An approach for the synthesis of diamond films via high-speed jet deposition of thermally activated gas has been applied. In this method, spatially separated high-speed flows of methane and hydrogen were thermally activated, and methyl and hydrogen radicals were deposited on heated molybdenum substrates. The morphology and structure of three diamond films were studied, which were synthesized at a heating power of 900, 1700, or 1800 W, methane flow rate of 10 or 30 sccm, hydrogen flow rate of 1500 or 3500 sccm, and duration of the synthesis from 1.5 to 3 h.The morphology and electronic state of the carbon on the surface and in the bulk of the obtained films were analyzed by scanning electron microscopy, Raman scattering, X-ray photoelectron, and near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopies. The diamond micro-crystals with a thick oxidized amorphous sp2-carbon coating were grown at a heating power of 900 W and a hydrogen flow rate of 1500 sccm. The quality of the crystals was improved, and the growth rate of the diamond film was increased seven times when the heating power was 1700-1800Wand the methane and hydrogen flow rates were 30 and 3500 sccm, respectively. Defective octahedral diamond crystals of 30 μm in size with a thin sp2-carbon surface layer were synthesized on a Mo substrate heated at 1273 K for 1.5 h. When the synthesis duration was doubled, and the substrate temperature was decreased to 1073 K, the denser film with rhombic-dodecahedron diamond crystals was grown. In this case, the thinnest hydrogenated sp2-carbon coating was detected on the surface of the diamond crystals.

Original languageEnglish
Article number219
Number of pages13
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jan 2020


  • Diamond film
  • High-speed gas flow
  • Jet-deposition
  • Surface coating
  • XPS
  • diamond film
  • jet-deposition
  • CVD
  • surface coating
  • high-speed gas flow


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