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Vertically-aligned carbon nanotubes (CNTs) films have been grown by radiofrequency plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition system onto alumina substrates, coated with 2.5 nm thick Fe catalyst, for NO2, H2 and C2H5OH gas sensing applications, at sensor temperatures from room-temperature to 150°C. The CNTs appear in the form of forest-like structure. Nanoclusters of noble metals with nominal thickness of 5 nm of Pt, Ru and Ag have been sputtered on the top-surface of the vertically-aligned CNTs layers to enhance the gas sensitivity. It was demonstrated that the gas sensitivity of the metal modified CNTs-sensors significantly improved by a factor up to an order of magnitude through a spillover effect, and a broader selectivity was provided. The gas sensing properties of the CNTs-sensors, including the metal-modified CNTs, are characterized by a change of the electrical conductivity in a model of …
Springer, Dordrecht
Publication date: 
1 Jan 2010

M Penza, R Rossi, M Alvisi, MA Signore, G Cassano, R Pentassuglia, D Suriano, V Pfister, E Serra

Biblio References: 
Pages: 185-191
Sensors and Microsystems