Porous silicon thin film gas sensor

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The performances of amorphous and nano-crystalline porous silicon thin films as gas detector are pioneer reported in this work. The films were produced by the hot wire chemical vapour deposition (HW-CVD). These films present a porous like-structure, which is due to the uncompensated bonds and oxidise easily in the presence of air. This behaviour is a problem when the films are used for solar cells or thin film transistors. For as gas detectors, the oxidation is a benefit, since the CO, H2 or O2 molecules replace the OH adsorbed group. In the present study we observe the behaviour of amorphous and nano-crystalline porous silicon thin films under the presence of ethanol, at room temperature. The data obtained reveal a change in the current values recorded by more than three orders of magnitude, depending on the film preparation condition. This current behaviour is due to the adsorption of the OH chemical group by the Si uncompensated bonds as can be observed in the infrared spectra. Besides that, the current response and its recover time are done in few seconds.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2671-2676
Number of pages6
JournalMRS Online Proceedings Library
Publication statusPublished - 2001


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