Hardness and stability of metal-nitride nanoscale multilayers

S. A. Barnett*, Anita Madan

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Non-isostructural nanolayers consisting of bcc metals and rocksalt-structure nitrides are discussed. The nanolayer structures are stable during high temperature annealing, owing to the metal/nitride immiscibility and low-energy coherent interfaces. Nanolayer hardness values are substantially higher than rule-of-mixtures values, and are essentially unchanged by annealing. Experimental evidence and models of nanolayer deformation mechanisms are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)739-744
Number of pages6
JournalScripta Materialia
Issue number6
StatePublished - Mar 2004


  • Hardness
  • Multilayers
  • Nanometer
  • Nitrides
  • Stability
  • Superlattices

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metals and Alloys


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