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Vol. 137, Issue 2, February 2012, pp. 165-175




Preparation and Study of Acetone Gas Sensing Behavior of Nanocrystalline LaCrO3 Thick Film



Dahiwadi College Dahiwadi, Tal. Man, Dist. Satara, (M.S.) 415508, India

b Modern College Vashi, Navi-Mumbai (M.S.) India

c Metal Oxide Research Laboratory, Dr. Patangrao Kadam College Sangli, (M.S.) 416416, India

Tel.: +91 02165220231, fax: 02165220231, E-mail: sanjaykhetre@gmail.com


Received: 14 January 012   /Accepted: 14 February 2012   /Published: 28 February 2012

Digital Sensors and Sensor Sysstems


Abstract: The preparation, characterization and gas sensing properties of pure nanocrystalline LaCrO3 mixed oxide semiconductors have been investigated. The mixed oxides were obtained by mixing lanthanum nitrate, chromium nitrate and glycine in the 1:1:2 proportions respectively. Synthesized materials were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Infrared spectroscopy (IR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). LaCrO3 was observed to be sensitive to acetone gas. Upon exposure to acetone gas, the barrier height of LaCrO3 intergranular regions decreases markedly due to the chemical transformation of LaCrO3 into well conducting electrons leading to a drastic decrease in resistance. The crucial gas response 200 ppm was found to acetone gas at 200 0C and no cross response was observed to other hazardous and polluting gases. The effects of microstructure on the gas response, selectivity, response and recovery of the sensor in the presence of acetone gas were studied and discussed.


Keywords: Nanocrystalline LaCrO3, XRD, Thick film resistor, Acetone, Gas sensor



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