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Sputter-induced chemical transformation in oxoanions by combination of C60+ and Ar+ ion beams analyzed with X-ray photoelectron spectrometry

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Abstract

The change of the chemical states of inorganic oxoanion salts by low-energy single atomic projectiles (0.5 kV Ar+), high-energy cluster ion beams (10 kV C60+), and mixed 0.2 kV Ar+ and 10 kV C60+ are presented. Although the sputtering conditions of C60+ and C60+–Ar+ mixed sputtering used in this work provide more accurate results for profiling organic films than Ar+ sputtering, the difference in profiling inorganic materials is not as dramatic. For inert oxoanions like carbonate and phosphate, both Ar+ and C60+sputtering cause unappreciable sputter-induced chemical transformation to the remaining surface. For reactive oxoanions like nitrate, perchlorate, chlorate, and chlorite, although C60+ yields slightly better results than Ar+ sputtering due to the thinner disturbed layer, all the ion beams altered the chemical state significantly. As a result, none of these techniques can be used to provide true information below the surface. For intermediate oxoanions like nitrite and thio-S in thiosulfate, C60+ yields slightly better results than Ar+ sputtering. However, for sulfonate and the core-S in thiosulfate, C60+ causes more sputter-induced chemical transformation than Ar+ sputtering.

Graphical abstract: Sputter-induced chemical transformation in oxoanions by combination of C60+ and Ar+ ion beams analyzed with X-ray photoelectron spectrometry

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The article was received on 27 Aug 2008, accepted on 17 Feb 2009 and first published on 10 Mar 2009


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/B814729A
Citation: Analyst, 2009,134, 945-951
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    Sputter-induced chemical transformation in oxoanions by combination of C60+ and Ar+ ion beams analyzed with X-ray photoelectron spectrometry

    Y. Lin, Y. Chen, B. Yu, W. Lin, C. Kuo and J. Shyue, Analyst, 2009, 134, 945
    DOI: 10.1039/B814729A

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