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Material and sensing properties of Pd-deposited WO3 thin films



Material and sensing properties of Pd-deposited WO3 thin films



Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 7(11): 3841-3846



The physicochemical and electrical properties of Pd-deposited WO3 thin films were investigated as a function of Pd thickness, annealing temperature, and operating temperature for application as a hydrogen gas sensor. WO3 thin films were deposited on an insulating material using a thermal evaporator. X-ray diffractometry (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) were used to evaluate the crystal structure, microstructure, surface roughness, and chemical property of the films, respectively. The deposited films grew into polycrystalline WO3 with a rhombohedral structure after annealing at 500 degrees C. Adding Pd had no effect on the crystallinity, but suppressed the growth of WO3 grains. The Pd was scattered as isolated small spherical particles of PdO2 on the WO3 thin film after annealing at 500 degrees C, while it agglomerated as irregular large particles or diffused into the WO3 after annealing at 600 degrees C. PdO2 reduction under H2 and reoxidation under air were dependent on both the Pd deposition thickness and annealing conditions. The WO3 thin film with a 2-nm-thick Pd deposit showed a good response and recovery to H2 gas at a 250 degrees C operating temperature.

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DOI: 10.1166/jnn.2007.040


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