Enhanced ethanol vapour sensing performances of copper oxide nanocrystals with mixed phases
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LUPAN, Oleg; CREŢU, Vasilii; POSTICA, Vasilie; ABABII, Nicolai; POLONSKYI, Oleksandr; KAIDAS, Victor; SCHUTT, Fabian; MISHRA, Yogendra Kumar; MONAICO, Eduard; TIGINYANU, Ion; ŞONTEA, Victor; STRUNSKUS, Thomas; ADELUNG, Rainer. Enhanced ethanol vapour sensing performances of copper oxide nanocrystals with mixed phases. In: Sensors and Actuators, B: Chemical. 2016, nr. 224, pp. 434-448. ISSN -.
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Sensors and Actuators, B: Chemical
Numărul 224 / 2016 / ISSN - /ISSNe 0925-4005

Enhanced ethanol vapour sensing performances of copper oxide nanocrystals with mixed phases

DOI: 10.1016/j.snb.2015.10.042
Pag. 434-448

Lupan Oleg12, Creţu Vasilii2, Postica Vasilie2, Ababii Nicolai2, Polonskyi Oleksandr1, Kaidas Victor1, Schutt Fabian1, Mishra Yogendra Kumar1, Monaico Eduard2, Tiginyanu Ion2, Şontea Victor2, Strunskus Thomas1, Adelung Rainer1
1 Institute for Material Science, Christian-Albrechts- University of Kiel,
2 Technical University of Moldova
Disponibil în IBN: 18 decembrie 2017


Copper oxide nanostructures are fascinating nanomaterials due to their remarkable electrical, optical, thermal, and sensing properties given that their tunability and the stabilization of specific phases are uniquely possible at the nanoscale dimensions. The present study reports on nano-crystalline copper oxide thin films via a simple synthesis from chemical solutions (SCS) followed by two types of thermal annealing, namely rapid thermal annealing (RTA) and conventional thermal annealing (TA). We report on the enhanced ethanol sensing performances of the device structures based on synthesized copper oxide nanocrystals with one and two distinctly different phases, namely Cu2O, CuO, as well as mixed phases CuO/Cu2O. A gradient in phase change of nano-crystals was observed for annealed samples starting from CuO on the top to Cu2O in their central region. RTA effects on the gas response of the CuxOy nano-crystals have been identified as unprecedented selectivity and sensitivity to ethanol vapours at different temperatures. An increase in resistance value of about one order in magnitude was detected for samples treated by conventional-TA at 400 °C for 30 min at optimal operating temperature of 300 °C and RTA at 525 °C for 60 s at lower optimal operating temperature of 275 °C. It has been observed that the response and recovery times for pure copper oxide-based sensors can be significantly improved by Zn-doping, e.g. from ∼4.1 s and ∼10.5 s to about 3.3 s and 7.2 s, respectively. The obtained results were discussed in details and it provide an exciting alternative for fast, sensitive, and selective detection of trace gases, which could be of several benefits in the technologies dealing with public securities and environmental monitoring applications.     

Copper oxide,

Cuprite, Ethanol sensor, Nanocrystalline materials, p-Type, Tenorite