Transition from n- to p-type of spray pyrolysis deposited Cu doped ZnO thin films for NO2 sensing

Rahmani, M. B., Keshmiri, S. H., Shafiei, M., Latham, K., Wlodarski, W., Plessis, J. D., & Kalantar-Zadeh, K. (2009) Transition from n- to p-type of spray pyrolysis deposited Cu doped ZnO thin films for NO2 sensing. Sensor Letters, 7(4), pp. 1-8.

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Abstract

The structural, optical, and gas-sensing properties of spray pyrolysis deposited Cu doped ZnO thin films were investigated. Gas response of the undoped and doped films to N02 (oxidizing) gas shows an increase and decrease in resistance, respectively, indicating p-type conduction in doped samples. The UV-Vis spectra of the films show decrease in the bandgap with increasing Cu concentration in ZnO. The observed p-type conductivity is attributed to the holes generated by incorporated Cu atoms on Zn sites in ZnO thin films. The X-ray diffraction spectra showed that samples are polycrystalline with the hexagonal wurtzite structure and increasing the concentration of Cu caused a decrease in the intensity of the dominant (002) peak. The surface morphology of films was studied by scanning electron microscopy and the presence of Cu was also confirmed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Seebeck effect measurements were utilized to confirm the p-type conduction of Cu doped ZnO thin films. Copyright © 2009 American Scientific Publishers All rights reserved.

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ID Code: 44195
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Cited By (since 1996): 3
Export Date: 24 August 2011
Source: Scopus
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Keywords: Cu doping, Gas sensors, Spray pyrolysis, Zinc oxide
DOI: 10.1166/sl.2009.1121
ISSN: 1546-198X
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Copyright Owner: American Scientific Publishers.
Deposited On: 29 Aug 2011 06:34
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:32

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