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Al Doped ZnO Nanogranular Film Fabricated by Layer-By-Layer Self-Assembly Method and Its Application for Gas Sensors

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Abstract:

ZnO is one of the most promising materials for gas sensor. Nanogranular films with ultrahigh surface-to-volume ratio have great potential in gas sensor application. In this paper, Al doped ZnO nanogranular films were fabricated by layer-by-layer (LBL) self-assembly method and the gas sensitivity of ZnO films were investigated. The results show that sensitivity of Al:ZnO gas sensors is up to 12 against 20000 ppm hydrogen, while the response time and recovery time of the sensor are only 12 s and 25 s respectively. The high sensitivity is attributed to the high surface-to-volume ratio of nanogranular and porous structure of self-assembled films.

Keywords: AL DOPED; GAS SENSOR; GRANULAR FILMS; LAYER-BY-LAYER (LBL); ZNO

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1166/jnn.2011.3988

Publication date: December 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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