npsm 새물리 New Physics : Sae Mulli

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Research Paper

New Phys.: Sae Mulli 2020; 70: 119-124

Published online February 28, 2020

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Effect of an Organic Additive, N-Dimethyldithiocarbamic acid Ester Sodium salt, on Properties of Bismuth Telluride thin Films Fabricated by Galvanic Displacement Reaction of Electroplated Cobalt thin Films

Jihyun KIM, Jeongsub LEE, Kimin HONG*

Department of Physics, Chungnam National University, Daejeon 34134, Korea


Received: November 14, 2019; Revised: January 21, 2020; Accepted: January 21, 2020

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We electroplated cobalt thin films and separated them from the electrodes. The cobalt thin films were converted to bismuth- telluride films by using a galvanic displacement reaction. The bismuth-telluride films obtained from the cobalt exhibited significant differences in morphology and electrical resistivity. The bismuth-telluride films fabricated from cobalt plated with a pure electrolyte had a polycrystalline amorphous structure and low resistivity. However, the bismuth-telluride films fabricated from cobalt plated with an additive showed significantly large resistivities. The increase in the resistivity can be attributed to the changes in the crystalline structure, which is caused by the additive during the electroplating process.

Keywords: Cobalt thin film, Bismuth-telluride film, Electroplating, Electrical resistivity, Grain size

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