Abstract: In this study, the spectrally selective solar absorber coatings of TiN/Al2O3 are deposited onto stainless steels (SS) at a high substrate temperature of 300 degrees C, which exhibits a high absorptance of 0.92 and a low emittance of 0.11 at 82 degrees C. The structure, optical properties and thermal stability have been chatacterized by ultra-high resolution scanning electron microscopy, UV-vis-NIR spectrophotometry, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and Raman spectroscopy. The study's results indicate that the substrate temperature (300 degrees C) has an important effect on the solar absorptance and emittance. The SS/TiN/Al2O3 coating exhibits good thermal stability in a vacuum at 500 degrees C for 5 h. The coating also exhibits good thermal stability in air at 200 degrees C for 2 h. Raman analysis confirms that the oxidation of the SS/TiN/Al2O3 coating in air causes the composition to approach the stable oxide TiO2.
KeyWords Plus: RAMAN-SPECTROSCOPY; THIN-FILMS; THERMAL-STABILITY; TITANIUM NITRIDE; COATINGS; OXIDATION; XPS; PLASMA
Published in SOLAR ENERGY MATERIALS AND SOLAR CELLS, 163 91-97; 10.1016/j.solmat.2017.01.023 APR 2017