We fabricated Pt films on SrTiO3 (STO)(100) using a DC-magnetron sputtering method to investigate the preferred orientation, surface structure, and electrochemical property. A film grown at 400 °C showed the two-dimensional polycrystalline features of Pt(111). Reflection high-energy electron diffraction (RHEED) showed diffraction patterns independent of the in-plane incident angle of the film. Films grown at 600 and 700 °C exhibited a preferred orientation of Pt(100) and (110). The films exhibited the morphology of faceted islands with roughness of several tens of nm, which consisted of two kinds of domains, namely a domain with preferred orientation of (100) and one with (110). The (100) and (110) domains had 45-degree twin boundaries, which were observed as V-shaped streaks by RHEED. The (100) domain was aligned in orientation of Pt//STO, which suggests that the binding strength of the (110) plane at the interface was larger than that of the (100). With a further increase in the growth temperature up to 750 °C, the film primarily showed a preferred orientation of (100) with an in-plane orientation of Pt//STO. The film also showed an island structure; however, atomic force microscopy revealed that the top was atomically flat.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Surfaces and Interfaces
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films
- Materials Chemistry