A novel carbon-nanotube gas sensor based on field ionization from branched nanostructures
Thin Film and Nano-Electronic Laboratory, Nano-Electronic Center of Excellence, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran
2 Department of Physics, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran
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Accepted: 6 September 2010
Published online: 30 November 2010
Branched treelike carbon nanotubes were grown by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition method on a silicon wafer. Patterned structures of as grown nanostructures were used for the fabrication of a gas sensor, which operates based on the field ionization of various gases. The variations in the electrical resistivity and the emission current of the fabricated device are related to the chemisorption and field ionization mechanisms, respectively. The sensor is capable of gas detection at room temperature and at low pressures with working at low voltages. Different gases such as H2, O2, C2H2 and Ar have been used to examine the gas sensitivity characteristics of the fabricated sensors.
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