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Multilayer Regulation of Atomic Boron Nitride Films to Improve Oxidation and Corrosion Resistance of Cu

Multilayer Regulation of Atomic Boron Nitride Films to Improve Oxidation and Corrosion Resistance of Cu
Siming Ren, Qunji Xue, Jibin Pu, Liping Wang, Mingjun Cui
The boron nitride (BN) monolayer (1L) with high impermeability and resistivity seems to hold promise as a long-term corrosion barrier for Cu under ambient condition, which is supported by recent researches. Here, we perform a complete study of the alternating temperature tests (the sample is exposed in air for 30 days and subsequently heated at 200 °C for 2 h) and electrochemical measurements on 1L and multilayer BN-coated Cu foils. Results imply that the BN-coated Cu foils are less oxidized than uncoated Cu foils after alternating temperature tests, regardless of the layers of BN. Particularly, the oxidation process proceeds slowly in multilayers because most of the underlying defects are covered with BN layers to suppress the oxygen diffusion in the vertical direction and the oxidation mainly occurs on the wrinkled region of BN films. Electrochemical analyses reveal that the BN layers provide an effective physical barrier against the corrosive medium and inhibit the electron diffusion because of their high electrical insulating behavior and the corrosion resistance of the samples increases with increasing BN layers. These findings indicate that BN films with adequate layers are good candidates for oxidation and corrosion protection at the atomic level, which is vital to many industrial and academic applications.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsami.7b06425

DOI: 10.1021/acsami.7b06425

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