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The present research was motivated by the growing interest of the scientific community towards the understanding of basic gas–surface interaction mechanisms in 1D nanostructured metal oxide semiconductors, whose significantly enhanced chemical detection sensitivity is known. In this work, impedance spectroscopy (IS) was used to evaluate how a top-down patterning of the sensitive layer can modulate the electrical properties of a gas sensor based on a fully integrated nanometric array of TiO 2 polycrystalline strips. The aim of the study was supported by comparative experimental activity carried out on different thin film gas sensors based on identical TiO 2 polycrystalline sensitive thin films. The impedance responses of the investigated devices under dry air (as the reference environment) and ethanol vapors (as the target gas) were fitted by a complex nonlinear least-squares method using LEVM software, in …
IOP Publishing
Publication date: 
10 Feb 2012
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Volume: 23 Issue: 9 Pages: 095302