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Published in: Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Electronics 24/2019

15-11-2019

ZnO thick films for NO2 detection: effect of different nanostructures on the sensors’ performances

Authors: Daniele Ziegler, Andrea Marchisio, Paola Palmero, Diego Pugliese, Valentina Cauda, Jean-Marc Tulliani

Published in: Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Electronics | Issue 24/2019

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In this paper, the great sensitivity and selectivity to NO2 detection at low temperature down to ppb level of zinc oxide (ZnO) thick-film sensors are reported. Sensor performances of ZnO films prepared by screen-printing technique were evaluated comparing two different ZnO nano-powders in wurtzite crystal structure. Powders were synthesized by hydrothermal route (HT-ZnO) and by auto-combustion sol–gel synthesis (AC-ZnO). After proper characterization of the nano-powders, the thick-film sensors were fabricated by screen-printing technique onto α-alumina substrates equipped with Pt interdigitated electrodes, followed by a thermal treatment. The sensor response was studied in the range 50–250 °C. Best results were reached at 150 °C, with sensor response R (Zg/Z0)—defined as the ratio between impedance under NO2 (Zg) and impedance under dry air (Z0)—equal to 42.92 for HT-ZnO and to 23.18 for AC-ZnO under 0.5 ppm of NO2 in dry conditions. Finally, response and recovery time were measured, and selectivity of the sensors was determined by exposing the film toward O3, CO2, CH4, N2O and humidity at the best working temperature. Both sensors showed great sensitivity for NO2 detection, supporting the exploitation of these sensors as NO2 detectors at ppb level.
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Metadata
Title
ZnO thick films for NO2 detection: effect of different nanostructures on the sensors’ performances
Authors
Daniele Ziegler
Andrea Marchisio
Paola Palmero
Diego Pugliese
Valentina Cauda
Jean-Marc Tulliani
Publication date
15-11-2019
Publisher
Springer US
Published in
Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Electronics / Issue 24/2019
Print ISSN: 0957-4522
Electronic ISSN: 1573-482X
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10854-019-02463-x