Effects of catalytic surface layer on Zr-based alloy getters for hydrogen absorption

Young Joon Yoon, Keun Wook Kim, Hong Koo Baik, Serk Won Jang, Sung Man Lee

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Hydrogen characteristics of Zr-based alloy getters fabricated in the forms of bulk were investigated. Non-evaporable getters (NEGs) have been widely used in vacuum devices, but thermal activation process at high temperature and high vacuum environment is inevitably required for efficient sorption rate. In order to solve this problem and improve sorption kinetics, we developed and characterized Ni-coated NEGs. Ni-coated NEGs show good gettering performance and fast sorption kinetics without any activation process, compared to conventional Zr-based NEGs. It is mainly caused by the catalytic effect of surface Ni layer. Surface Ni plays an important role as a catalyst that enables hydrogen to dissociate on surface more easily and also as a protection layer against oxidation. Consequently, Ni-coated NEGs can be easily applicable to vacuum devices because those need not go through the activation process and show fast hydrogen sorption kinetics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)138-142
Number of pages5
JournalThin Solid Films
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1999 Aug 15

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This study was studied by the academic research fund of the Ministry of Education, Republic of Korea through the Inter-University Semiconductor Research Center (ISRC-96-E-1415) and S.M. Lee acknowledges the Korea Science and Engineering Foundation through Contract No. 96-0300-06-01-3 for the financial support.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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