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Title: An investigation of molecular interactions between zinc phthalocyanine thin film and various oxidizing gases for sensor applications
Authors: Tanakorn Osotchan
Keywords: Carbon monoxide gas;Gas sensor;Molecular interaction;Nitrogen dioxide gas;Sulfur dioxide gas;Zinc Phthalocyanine
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: 2011 7th International Conference on MEMS, NANO and Smart Systems, ICMENS 2011
Citation: Advanced Materials Research 403-408 (2012); 48-51
Abstract: Molecular interaction between zinc phthalocyanine (ZnPc) thin films and various oxidizing gas molecules was examined by measuring sensor response of chemiresistor structures. The different response types can be obtained from the interactions to gas molecules of nitrogen dioxide (NO2), sulfur dioxide (SO2) and carbon monoxide (CO). For NO2 interaction, the response current of thermal evaporated ZnPc thin film with metal inter-digitaged pattern electrodes was proportionally increase to the concentration of NO2 gas. For measurement cycle, the NO2 gas at desired concentration was flowed into the measuring chamber for 20 minutes then the nitrogen gas was flowed for 20 minutes to recovering the interaction. The current response exhibited the step up and down during this measuring cycle and the heights of response step were proportional to the NO2 concentration. For SO2 measuring cycle, the response step increased at the beginning cycle then the response of ZnPc thin film seemed to be saturate and remained the same response step height even increasing the SO2 concentration. It was found that if the SO2 concentration was maintained at the same value for each measuring period, the response current was increase for the first few cycles after that the response step height decreased and became almost constant at lower value after passing more than ten measuring cycles. However this phenomenon can recover if the ZnPc surface was leaved in air for a few days. Therefore the interaction between ZnPc and SO2 molecules can modify the ZnPc surface and change the gas response. With the same measurement setup, it cannot found any significant change in the response current of the ZnPc film under the CO gas exposure up to concentration of 250 ppm. This result indicated that no interaction between ZnPc and CO molecules can be observed and these different responses on various gas molecules can demonstrate the selectivity of using ZnPc as a gas sensor.
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ISSN: 10226680
Appears in Collections:Physics: International Proceedings

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