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Title: Features of the porous morphology of anodic alumina films at the initial stage of disordered growth
Authors: Chernyakova, K.
Klimas, V.
Jagminas, A.
Lushpa, N. V.
Vrublevsky, I. A.
Jankauskas, S.
Keywords: публикации ученых;porous alumina films;disordered growth;major pore diameter;minor pore diameter
Issue Date: 2022
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Features of the porous morphology of anodic alumina films at the initial stage of disordered growth / Chernyakova K. [et. al] // Electrochemistry Communications. – 2022. – Vol. 143. – P. 107391. – DOI :
Abstract: A characteristic feature of disordered porous anodic film growth at the initial stage of aluminum anodizing was revealed by varying the electrolyte type and anodizing voltage. The samples were obtained by the electrochemical oxidation of thin aluminum films (100 nm thick) on SiO2/Si substrates in a 0.3 M oxalic acid at 10–50 V and were studied by SEM. The ImageJ analysis of the images revealed the simultaneous development of two large groups of pores: major pores with a large diameter and minor pores with a smaller diameter. When anodizing in oxalic acid at 10–50 V, it has been shown that the ratio of the diameters of the major and minor pores remains constant and is about 1.17. Using a geometric model, we demonstrated that the centers of the minor pores are located inside the elementary hexagonal cell formed by the centers of the major pores. Moreover, our results are very close to the theoretical value of 2/√3. At the initial stage of disordered pore growth, the development of minor pores rather than major pores is not a random process and is determined by energy-efficient conditions for the development of pores inside the hexagonal cells formed by the major pores. The increase in compressive mechanical stress in the anodic film leads to an interruption in the development of such pores.
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