Chemical vapor deposition of diamond on an adamantane-coated sapphire substrate

Yi Chun Chen, Li Chang*

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Continuous diamond thin films can be grown on sapphire substrates by microwave plasma chemical vapor deposition utilizing a pretreatment of adamantane dip coating on the substrate for enhanced nucleation. Scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy show that 〈111〉 oriented diamond films of good crystallinity can be deposited on adamantane-coated sapphire substrates. Cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy at the diamond/sapphire interface shows that diamond can be directly synthesized on sapphire without any interlayer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18945-18950
Number of pages6
JournalRSC Advances
Issue number36
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2014

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