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The electrochemical reactivity of amorphous hydrogenated carbon nitrides for varying nitrogen contents: the role of the substrate

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>2003
<mark>Journal</mark>Diamond and Related Materials
Issue number3-7
Number of pages5
Pages (from-to)613-617
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


A series of hydrogenated carbon nitride films have been deposited on titanium and n-type highly doped (1 0 0) silicon substrates by the integrated distributed electron cyclotron resonance reactor from acetylene and nitrogen gas mixtures. It has been found that for nitrogen content between 5 and 25% the electrical conductivity and the electrochemical reactivity, for an outer sphere reaction such as that due to the ferri-ferrocyanide system, varies in opposite directions. In addition the overall kinetic behaviour of the same system, looking similar to that of a simple electron transfer with a partial mass transfer in solution, contains another contribution. This can be explained by the presence of a more resistive layer within the carbon film and close to the solution, where electronic transport would occur by hopping between a large number of localised states. Finally, in contrast to the silicon substrate which introduces a resistive layer resulting in an additional potential drop, titanium seems to be a more promising substrate because of the negligibility of the latter effect.