Apparent zeta potential of nano-porous Al2O3 film deposited on different substrates in streaming potential method

Akio Sayano, Tadashi Shiota, Akio Nishiyama, Kouichi Yasuda, Kazuo Shinozaki

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Al2O3 films were coated on SUS304L stainless steel and fused silica substrates using chemical solution deposition. Continuous pores with a diameter of approximately 2 nm were observed through the measurement of the pore diameter distribution in the Al2O3 films using N2 gas adsorption. The zeta potential of the Al2O3 film was measured using the streaming potential method, and the effect of the substrate material on the zeta potential was investigated. Initially, the measured zeta potential of the Al2O3 films was + 40 to + 50 mV, which was the same for both the SUS304L and fused silica substrates. However, the zeta potential of the Al2O3 film on the fused silica substrate decreased significantly with repeated measurements. Elemental analysis of the Al2O3 film in the depth direction using dynamic secondary ion mass spectroscopy showed that both K and Cl contents increased after zeta potential measurements were taken. Moreover, the zeta potential of a specimen impregnated with KCl electrolyte solution under vacuum exhibited no dependence on the number of measurements taken. It was thereby considered that the decrease in the zeta potential with repeated measurements was caused by the gradual penetration of the electrolyte solution into the pores, which eventually reached the fused silica substrate. This is a characteristic phenomenon observed when the zeta potential of a film that contains continuous pores is measured using the streaming potential method.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Materials Science
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2018
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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