Hydroxylation and crystallization of electropolished titanium surface

M. Jobin, M. Taborelli, R. Emch, F. Zenhausern, P. Descouts

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Surface properties and dissociative chemisorption of water on titanium-oxide surfaces are of particular interest for the biocompatibility of this material. Scanning force microscopy images of electropolished titanium samples and of thin films of titanium evaporated under vacuum show a similar topography with a grain size of 30 nm. Mass spectrometer thermal desorption spectroscopy displays two peaks for e/m = 18, at 380 and 520 K corresponding to adsorbed water molecules and hydroxyl groups, respectively. Auger spectra show the segregation toward the surface of chlorine from the metal-oxide interface upon heating at 720 K and of sulphur from the bulk after annealing at 950 K. The oxygen diffusion from the surface toward the bulk during the heating process induces a metallic behaviour of the surface layer which is revealed by tunneling spectroscopy: the semiconducting gap present in dI/dV curves for the air-exposed sample vanishes upon annealing. STM images of the annealed surface show the presence of tiny crystallites of a few nm in size.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)637-643
Number of pages7
Issue numberPART 1
StatePublished - Jul 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Instrumentation


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