Synthesis of diamond-like carbon (DLC) films with UV-induced-hydrophilicity function was studied by inductively-coupled plasma (ICP) chemical vapor deposition. Titanium tetraisopropoxide (TTIP) and oxygen gases were employed as the precursors to deposit diamond-like nanocomposite films containing titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles. X-ray diffraction and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy revealed that TiO2 nanocrystallites were formed in the DLC films when oxygen concentration was higher than TTIP concentration during deposition. The DLC nanocomposite film was hydrophobic without ultraviolet (UV) irradiation, and became highly hydrophilic under UV irradiation, exhibiting the self-cleaning effect. A very broad peak centered at 1580 cm- 1 was observed in the Raman spectra confirming the formation of DLC films. The hardness of the film was about 8 GPa with a stress of 3 GPa. ICP was essential in forming the photocatalytic TiO2 nanoparticles in the DLC matrix.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Surfaces and Interfaces
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films
- Metals and Alloys
- Materials Chemistry