Nanotechnology 2021 Mar 3. Epub 2021 Mar 3.
Sichuan University, Chengdu, Sichuan, CHINA.
Systematic analysis of the surface morphology, crystalline phase, chemical composition and elemental distribution along depth for nitrogen-doped niobium was carried out through different ways of characterization, including SEM, AFM, GIXRD, RBS and layer-by-layer XPS analysis. The results showed that, after nitrogen doping, the surface was covered by densely distributed trigonal precipitates with average crystallite size of 32 ± 8 nm, in line with the calculation result (29.9 nm) of nitrogen-enriched β-Nb2N from GIXRD, demonstrating the phase composion of trigonal precipitates. Read More