Design of Ag-Si3N4 nanocermet coatings for photothermal conversion applications

Barshilia, Harish C and Amit, Tanwar and Siju, John and Mahadik, DB and Rao, A Venkateswara (2012) Design of Ag-Si3N4 nanocermet coatings for photothermal conversion applications. Nanoscience and Nanotechnology letters, 4 (1). pp. 41-47. ISSN 1941-4900

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For efficient photothermal conversion in solar selective coatings, high absorptance (α) in the visible region (VIS) and low thermal emittance (ε) in the infrared (IR) region at high operating temperature are the most desirable requirements. For this, nanocermet coatings are suitable candidate materials owing to their high photothermal conversion efficiency. Here we report the preparation of Ag-Si3N4 nanocermet spectrally selective coatings using magnetron sputtering technique from the sputtering of Ag and Si3N4 targets. The field emission scanning electron microscopy of the coatings confirmed the presence of Ag nanoparticles with an average diameter of 15-25 nm dispersed uniformly in the Si3N4 matrix. High absorptance (α = 0.933) in the VIS region and low emittance (ε = 0.15 on Cu substrate) in the IR region have been achieved for the optimized nanocermet coatings. The absorptance spectra of the coatings exhibited a strong resonance peak due to the surface plasmon resonance of the Ag nanoparticles, which shifted to higher wavelength with an increase in the size of Ag nanoparticles. Thermal stability tests of these coatings revealed their stability up to 300ºC in vacuum for 2 hrs.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: CHEMISTRY AND MATERIALS > Chemistry and Materials (General)
Depositing User: Dr. Harish C. Barshilia
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2012 06:14
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2015 09:15

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