Chapter 3. Sol-Gel-Derived Thin Films

  1. John B. Wachtman Jr
  1. C. J. Brinker

Published Online: 26 MAR 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470310502.ch3

12th Annual Conference on Composites and Advanced Ceramic Materials, Part 2 of 2: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 9, Issue 9/10

12th Annual Conference on Composites and Advanced Ceramic Materials, Part 2 of 2: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 9, Issue 9/10

How to Cite

Brinker, C. J. (1988) Sol-Gel-Derived Thin Films, in 12th Annual Conference on Composites and Advanced Ceramic Materials, Part 2 of 2: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 9, Issue 9/10 (ed J. B. Wachtman), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9780470310502.ch3

Author Information

  1. Sandia National Laboratories Albuquerque, NM 87185

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 MAR 2008
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 1988

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470374818

Online ISBN: 9780470310502

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Keywords:

  • microstructure;
  • manipulated;
  • deposition;
  • condensation;
  • hydrolysis reactions

Summary

The microstructure of sol-gel-derived thin films can be manipulated by control of the precursor structure prior to deposition and the relative rates of condensation and evaporation during deposition. In general, weakly branched precursors deposited under conditions in which the condensation rate is low result in very compact, microporous films. Increased branching of the precursors and/or increased condensation rates result in reduced film densities.