Hybrid AlGaN/GaN-ZnO-Nanowire Gas Sensors

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The potential of AlGaN/GaN heterostructures integrated with zinc oxide (ZnO) nanowires for gas sensing applications is demonstrated. Single crystal ZnO nanowires, serving as sensing probes, were selectively grown between two ohmic electrodes of AlGaN/GaN two dimensional electron gas heterostructures by thermal oxidation of sputtered zinc films in air. Electron diffraction and transmission electron microscopy showed the ZnO-nanowires to be crystalline structures oriented in the [001] direction. The fabricated structures were used to detect ethanol, acetone and methanol in a nitrogen background. The results indicate that the hybrid AlGaN/GaN-ZnO nanowires gas sensors are operable over a broad range of temperatures and could potentially be integrated with devices for wireless environmental monitoring.


Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1166/jnn.2011.3824

Publication date: May 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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