Highly Ordered Large-Area Colloid Templates for Nanostructured TiO2 Thin Film Gas Sensors
Abstract:We report a novel process that uses highly ordered colloidal templating to fabricate nanostructured TiO2 thin film gas sensors. An O2 plasma treatment is used to decrease the contact angle of a water droplet on a SiO2/Si substrate from 46° to 3°. The formation of this hydrophilic surface enhances the adhesion of polystyrene microspheres to the substrate during the spin coating of the colloidal solution, leading to a large-area colloid template of closely packed monolayer microspheres on the substrates. Embossed TiO2 thin film gas sensors fabricated through highly ordered colloidal templating using O2 plasma exhibit substantially enhanced gas sensing performance as compared to those without surface treatments prior to colloidal templating.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2012-04-01
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