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An experimental study on micro-gas sensors with strip shape tin oxide thin films

Authors
Journal
Sensors and Actuators B Chemical
0925-4005
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
139
Issue
2
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.snb.2009.03.033
Keywords
  • Micro-Gas Sensor
  • Micro-Hotplate
  • Tin Oxide
  • Micro-Crack

Abstract

Abstract Micro-cracks in tin oxide thin film may cause bad stability to the micro-hotplate (MHP) gas sensor, especially at high operation temperature or in moisture ambience. In order to reduce micro-cracks, tin oxide thin films on a 2 × 2 MHP gas sensor array are patterned as narrow strips. It is proved by SEM that micro-cracks induced by thermal stress can be greatly restrained in narrow strip shape films comparing with the traditional rectangle board film. Stability of the MHP sensors with narrow strip films was characterized by testing their resistance in air for 60 h, and their responses respectively to methane and carbon monoxide for 300 h. The results show that the strip shape SnO 2 films are really helpful to enhance stability of the MHP gas sensors.

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