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A fundamental approach of the wetting at Zn/Al2O3 interface : the effect of a Cr buffer

Abstract : Hot-dip galvanization is a common process used to protect steel from corrosion. The requirement of reduction of greenhouse gases by car industry led to an interest in the lighter Advanced High Strength Steels. However, their drawback is the segregation of alloying elements (Al) at surface, during the recrystallization annealing, and the formation of oxides (Al2O3) that imped the adhesion of the Zn protective coating. In this context, this study aims at understanding the impact of a Cr buffer on the adhesion of Zn, through a surface science approach using X-ray Photoemission Spectroscopy (XPS), Surface Differential Reflectivity Spectroscopy (SDRS), Low-Energy Electron Diffraction (LEED), Reflection High-Energy Electron Diffraction (RHEED), Extended X-ray Absorption Fine Structure (EXAFS), Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), Thermal Programmed Desorption (TPD), in addition to ab initio calculations to tackle questions of interfacial chemistry, growth, wetting, structure, and thermal stability of Cr/Al2O3 and Zn/Cr/Al2O3 systems. At the first interface, XPS results suggested the oxidation of Cr at contact with the bare surface of alumina through a reaction with residual OH- groups, further confirmed by EXAFS supported by ab initio calculations. Furthermore, AFM and SDRS proved a Volmer-Weber growth mode of high aspect ratio metallic Cr particles, while RHEED showed non epitaxial growth. At Zn/Cr/Al2O3 interface, an enhancement of Zn sticking coefficient as a function of Cr thickness was proved. Besides, a close relationship between the wetting of Cr and Zn was pointed out by SDRS and strong Cr-Zn bonds, with a likely alloy formation, were put forward by TPD.
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Maya Messaykeh. A fundamental approach of the wetting at Zn/Al2O3 interface : the effect of a Cr buffer. Condensed Matter [cond-mat]. Sorbonne Université, 2018. English. ⟨NNT : 2018SORUS478⟩. ⟨tel-02924972⟩

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