Tracer investigation of pore formation in anodic titania

D. J. LeClere, A. Velota, P. Skeldon, G. E. Thompson, S. Berger, J. Kunze, P. Schmuki, H. Habazaki, Shinji Nagata

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Using a sputtering-deposited titanium substrate, incorporating six equally spaced nanolayers of Ti-W alloy, the volume and composition changes accompanying the formation of porous anodic films on titanium in 0.5 wt % NH4F in glycerol are investigated. The findings reveal amorphous films with nanotubes of TiO2, containing fluoride ions and possibly glycerol derivatives. Tungsten and titanium species are lost to the electrolyte at differing rates during anodizing, leading to an enrichment of tungsten in the film relative to the composition of the substrate. The spacing of tungsten-containing bands in the film is ∼2.3 that of the original alloy layers during growth of the major pores. The generation of the nanotubes can be explained either by field-assisted flow of film material within the barrier layer to the pore walls, with cation and anion transport numbers of anodic titania in the barrier layer region similar to those of barrier films and with field-assisted ejection of Ti4+ ions to the electrolyte, or by field-assisted dissolution, but with a reduction in cation transport number.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of the Electrochemical Society
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Aug 15

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Electrochemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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