Sn-Fe thin films were electrodeposited by constant current deposition on copper substrates using an aqueous gluconate based electrolyte with varying concentrations of the organic additive peptone. Good quality metallic deposits were obtained with surface morphologies which varied with the concentration of peptone present in the electrolyte. The effect of peptone concentration on the deposition process was studied using electrochemical polarization curves and EDX analysis. The effect of peptone concentration on deposit structure and surface morphology was investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and 57Fe and 119Sn conversion electron Mössbauer spectroscopy (CEMS). It was concluded that the addition of small amounts of peptone to the electrolyte slightly increased the bath stability and led to changes in the alloy composition of the electrodeposits. It was found that increases in the peptone content increased the amount of the crystalline structure in the deposits with corresponding reductions in the amounts of amorphous structure present in the deposits.
- amorphous alloys, Sn-Fe binary alloys, electroplating