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Effects of Surface Roughness on Hydrogen Gas Sensing Properties of Single Pd Nanowires

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We report on the effects of surface roughness resulting from an ion milling technique on the hydrogen gas sensing performance of a single Pd nanowire grown by electrodeposition into nanochannels in anodized aluminum oxide templates. A combination of electron beam lithography and a lift-off process was utilized to fabricate four-terminal devices based on individual Pd nanowires. These results are the first demonstration of the effect of ion milling on the response time in a single Pd nanowire used as a hydrogen sensor. The response time of the single Pd nanowire surface-treated by ion milling was 20 times faster than that of a sample without surface treatment. The faster response time was due to the surface roughness effects of the surface treatment, an increase in the surface-to-volume ratio of the ion-milled nanowire.

Keywords: ANODIZED ALUMINUM OXIDE; HYDROGEN GAS; PD NANOWIRE; SURFACE TREATMENT

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1166/jnn.2011.3577

Publication date: March 1, 2011

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  • Journal for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (JNN) is an international and multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal with a wide-ranging coverage, consolidating research activities in all areas of nanoscience and nanotechnology into a single and unique reference source. JNN is the first cross-disciplinary journal to publish original full research articles, rapid communications of important new scientific and technological findings, timely state-of-the-art reviews with author's photo and short biography, and current research news encompassing the fundamental and applied research in all disciplines of science, engineering and medicine.
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