Gasochromic Switching of Ta and Pd-Doped Nanocrystalline TiO2 Thin Films
Abstract:In this work TiO2:(Ta, Pd) thin films with gasochromic properties have been described. Thin films were prepared by reactive magnetron sputtering process using mosaic Ti–Ta–Pd target. The amounts of dopants were 2.54 at.% and 12.36 at.% of Ta and Pd, respectively. The results of optical measurements performed at presence of ethanol and additional heating of the sample up to 350 °C have shown an abrupt change of transmission level from 80% down to 10% in VIS and in IR range. The gasochromic change was very fast. Moreover, rapid cooling (down to room temperature) in an air ambient results in stable thin film coloration. The reverse effect (bleaching) was obtained after annealing at 500 °C in an ambient air.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: October 1, 2011
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