Titanium Carbide

Titanium carbide (TiC) has a very high melting-point (3100 C), is extremely hard and strong, and is electrically conductive. Because of its electrical conductivity its Ti 2p peak-shape will be asymmetric, similar to that for Ti metal (the same peak-shape for the metal is used with good results in the TiC example given below). The Ti 2p3/2 binding energy for the carbide is around 454.9 to 455.1 eV while the C 1s peak for the carbide is around 281.7 to 281.9 eV [1,2,3]. A CasaXPS ready example of titanium carbide can be found here.

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[2] J. Luthin, Ch. Linsmeier, Physica Scripta, T91 (2001) 134-137.
[3] Y.-H. Chang, H.-T. Chiu, J. Mater. Res. 17 (2002) 2779-82.