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Vol. 9, Special Issue, December 2010, pp.161-170



Synthesis and Characterization of Nanostructured ZnO Thick Film Gas Sensors
Prepared by Screen Printing Method



Thin and Thick Film Laboratory, Department of Electronic Science, M. S. G. College Malegaon Camp, Malegaon, Dist- Nasik, (MS)

*E-mail: ratanborse@rediffmail.com



Received: 27 September 2010   /Accepted: 30 November 2010   /Published: 30 December 2010


Abstract: Nanosized ZnO was prepared by self propagating solution combustion synthesis method. The synthesized ZnO thick films were deposited on alumina substrate by using standard screen printing technique and fired at 700 0C. The films were characterized by X-ray diffractometer (XRD), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive analysis of X-ray (EDAX). The electrical behaviors of ZnO thick films were investigated. From XRD spectra it is revealed that ZnO films are polycrystalline in nature. The average grain size of 87.44 nm has been estimated for the film fired at 700 0C using Scherrer’s formula. EDAX clearly shows the peaks corresponding to Zn and O element which confirms the successful growth of ZnO films. Gas sensing study for these samples shows high sensitivity and selectivity towards NO2 at all operating temperatures. The resistivity, TCR and activation energy of the ZnO films have been evaluated and discussed.


Keywords: Nanostructures, Dextrose, ZnO, LPG sensor, Sensitivity.


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