Nanolayer coatings for hard disk and demanding tribological applications

Kitty W. Lee, De Jun Li, Yip Wah Chung*

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Coating properties and performance can be tailor-designed by proper control of nanostructure and process conditions. This paper presents two examples: first, the synthesis and optimization of 1 nm thick nitrogenated carbon (CNx) nano-layers as protective overcoats in extremely high density hard disk systems, and, second, the development of multilayer coatings for wear protection at elevated temperatures. Synthesis of these coatings was done by magnetron sputtering. These studies demonstrate that one can produce atomically smooth 1 nm thick CNx overcoats with acceptable corrosion performance. In addition, this paper shows that, with the proper choice of nanolayer thickness and process conditions, superhard coatings based on TiN/SiNx and TiB2/TiC multilayers with high thermal stability, low internal stress, and high wear resistance can be synthesized.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)49-52
Number of pages4
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Engineering(all)


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