Determining Contact Angle and Surface Energy of Co60Fe20B20Thin Films by Magnetron Sputtering

S. K. Wang, Yuan-Tsung Chen, S. R. Jian
2011 Journal of Nanomaterials  
This study examined the deposition of CoFeB thin films on a glass substrate at room temperature (RT), as well as the effects of conducting postannealing at heat annealingTA=150°C for 1 h. The thickness (tf) of the CoFeB thin films ranged from 100 Å to 500 Å. The microstructure, average contact angle, and surface energy properties were also investigated. X-ray diffraction (XRD) revealed that CoFeB films are nanocrystalline at RT and that post-annealing treatment increases in conjunction with the
more » ... crystallinity. The surface energy of the CoFeB thin films is related to adhesive strength. The CoFeB films form a contact angle of larger than90∘with water as a test liquid. This finding demonstrates that the CoFeB film is hydrophobic. Astfincreases from 100 Å to 500 Å, the surface energy at RT decreases from 40 mJ/mm2to 32 mJ/mm2. During post-annealing treatment, the surface energy increases from 32 mJ/mm2to 35 mJ/mm2, astfincreases from 100 Å to 300 Å; then it decreases to 31 mJ/mm2, astfincreases from 300 Å to 500 Å. The surface energy of the as-deposited CoFeB thin films exceeds that during post-annealing treatment at thicknesses of 100 Å and 200 Å, suggesting that as-deposited CoFeB thin film increases the adhesion.
doi:10.1155/2011/291935 fatcat:dxv3kqcbf5d3bl7rpnpnkj42rq