, Volume 11, Issue 2, pp 245-250

Raman studies of Pd-C nanocomposites

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Abstract

The results of studying palladium-carbon (Pd-C) nanocomposites using Raman spectroscopy are presented. This method has been used for studying samples having various palladium content, prepared by a one-step Physical Vapour Deposition (PVD) process and a Chemical Vapour Deposition (two-step PVD/CVD) process using different process parameters. For samples obtained by PVD, the vibration bands characteristic of C60 fullerene molecules were observed in the spectra, whereas for layers obtained by PVD/CVD, the Raman spectra displayed mainly D and G bands characteristic solely of the prescence of graphite-like layers’ vibrations. The analysis of the obtained Raman spectra reveals that its shape is affected by many parameters including type of substrate, temperature, and the percentage content of Pd in the studied layer. The quantitative analysis of spectra for layers obtained using the PVD/CVD process shows a difference in the relative intensity of bands D and G, reflecting the different degrees of amorphisation in the investigated nanocomposites.