Noble metal catalytic contacts to sol-gel nanocrystalline zinc oxide thin films for sensing methane

P. Bhattacharyya, P. K. Basu, C. Lang, H. Saha, S. Basu*

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Abstract

Undoped nanocrystalline n-ZnO thin films were deposited on SiO2-coated p-Si substrates by a sol-gel method to fabricate ZnO-based resistive sensors for methane detection. The sensor performance was studied with three different catalytic noble metal contacts to ZnO, i.e. palladium-silver (26%), rhodium and platinum. The response magnitude, response time and recovery time were studied in the temperature range of 50-350 °C and at methane concentrations of 0.1%, 0.5% and 1%. Pd-Ag and Rh contacts were found to give lower optimum operating temperature (250 °C) than Pt contact (300 °C). Although Rh contact showed a higher response (83.6%) than Pd-Ag (74.3%) and Pt (69.3%) contacts, Pd-Ag contact was found to exhibit the shortest response and recovery time amongst the three catalytic contacts to ZnO.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)551-557
Number of pages7
JournalSensors and Actuators, B: Chemical
Volume129
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 22 Feb 2008
Externally publishedYes

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