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Title: Friction and wear behavior of nitrogen-doped ZnO thin films deposited via MOCVD under dry contact

Most researches on doped ZnO thin films are tilted toward their applications in optoelectronics and semiconductor devices. Research on their tribological properties is still unfolding. In this work, nitrogen-doped ZnO thin films were deposited on 304 L stainless steel substrate from a combination of zinc acetate and ammonium acetate precursor by MOCVD technique. Compositional and structural studies of the films were done using Rutherford Backscattering Spectroscopy (RBS) and X-ray Diffraction (XRD). The frictional behavior of the thin film coatings was evaluated using a ball-on-flat configuration in reciprocating sliding under dry contact condition. After friction test, the flat and ball counter-face surfaces were examined to assess the wear dimension and failure mechanism. In conclusion, both friction behavior and wear (in the ball counter-face) were observed to be dependent on the crystallinity and thickness of the thin film coatings.
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  1. Federal Univ. of Technology, Owerri (Nigeria)
  2. Obafemi Awolowa Univ., Ile-lfe (Nigeria); Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
  3. Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
  4. Obafemi Awolowa Univ., Ile-lfe (Nigeria)
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Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Engineering Science and Technology, an International Journal
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 19; Journal Issue: 2; Journal ID: ISSN 2215-0986
Elsevier - Karabuk University
Research Org:
Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
Obafemi Awolowo University, Center for Energy Research and Development; USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; Friction; Optical microscopy; Profilometry; Thin films; Wear
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