Chinese Science Bulletin

, Volume 54, Issue 23, pp 4371–4375 | Cite as

Micro-structure sensors based on ZnO microcrystals with contact-controlled ethanol sensing

  • Li LiuEmail author
  • Tong Zhang
  • ShouChun Li
  • LianYuan Wang
  • YunXia Tian
Articles / Electronics Physics


ZnO microcrystals are synthesized through a facile solution method and characterized by field-emission scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, selected area electron diffraction and X-ray diffraction. The ethanol sensing properties of these microcrystals are investigated by spin-coating them on a silicon substrate with Pt electrodes to fabricate a micro-structure sensor. The sensitivity is up to 8 when the sensor is exposed to 50 ppm ethanol, and the response time and recovery time are 10 s and 20 s, respectively. A contact-controlled model is established to explain the sensing properties of the microcrystals, which provides another approach to realize high-performance gas sensors.


ZnO ethanol micro-structure sensors semiconducting metal oxides 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Li Liu
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Tong Zhang
    • 3
  • ShouChun Li
    • 1
    • 2
  • LianYuan Wang
    • 1
    • 2
  • YunXia Tian
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.College of PhysicsJilin UniversityChangchunChina
  2. 2.National Laboratory of Superhard MaterialsJilin UniversityChangchunChina
  3. 3.State Key Laboratory on Integrated Optoelectronics, College of Electronic Science and EngineeringJilin UniversityChangchunChina

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