A uniform porous multilayer-junction thin film for enhanced gas-sensing performance.


Highly-uniform In2O3/CuO bilayer and multilayer porous thin films were successfully fabricated using a self-assembled soft template and a simple sputtering deposition technique. The sensor based on the In2O3/CuO bilayer porous thin film shows obviously improved sensing performance to ethanol at a lower working temperature, compared to its single layer counterpart sensors. The response of the In2O3/CuO bilayer sensors exhibit nearly 3 and 5 times higher performance than those of the single layer In2O3 and CuO porous film sensors over the same ethanol concentration, respectively. The sensing mechanism based on the p-n hetero-junction, which contributed to the enhanced sensing performance, was also experimentally confirmed by a control experiment in which an SiO2 insulation layer was inserted between the In2O3 and CuO layers to break the p-n junction. In addition, the sensing performance can be further enhanced by increasing the number of In2O3/CuO junction layers. The facile process can be easily extended to the fabrication of other semiconductor oxide gas sensors for practical sensing applications.

DOI: 10.1039/c5nr05195a

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@article{Zhang2016AUP, title={A uniform porous multilayer-junction thin film for enhanced gas-sensing performance.}, author={Ping-ping Zhang and Hui Zhang and Xuhui Sun}, journal={Nanoscale}, year={2016}, volume={8 3}, pages={1430-6} }