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Title: Influence of autocatalytic coating bath parameters on the formation of copper over surface treated boron carbide particles
Authors: Deepa, J P
Rajan, T P D
Pavithran, C
Pai, B C
Keywords: Carbide
Surface treatment
Surface properties
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Surface & Coatings Technology 214:77-85;15 Jan 2013
Abstract: The functional and structural applications of boron carbide (B4C) for neutron shielding and engineering sectors are limited due to brittleness and low temperature oxidation; however its use is enhanced by the synthesis of its composites. During composite synthesis, the interfacial compatibility of boron carbide with the matrices can be improved by the formation of metallic coatings. The present study aims at formation of autocatalytic copper coating over surface treated B4C particles with varying bath parameters and evaluating its influence on coating morphology and uniformity. An effective coating of copper over alkali treated boron carbide was obtained at pH12 and a bath temperature of 30 °C. Above pH 12 as well as higher bath temperatures of 50 and 75 °C leads to predominant co-deposition of metallic copper clusters within the reaction bath. SEM observations of coated boron carbide particles show the formation of copper clusters in the size range of 200–400 nm. The morphology of Cu coating changes from cauliflower-like structure to angular shape with increase in bath temperature and pH. The Debye–Scherrer crystal size calculation shows that copper crystallite size vary from 17 to 25 nm.
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