Title: Liquid Phase Deposition Based SnO2 Gas Sensor Integrated With TaN Heater on a Micro-Hotplate
Authors: Chiou, Jin-Chern
Tsai, Shang-Wei
Lin, Chia-Yang
Department of Electronics Engineering and Institute of Electronics
Institute of Electrical and Control Engineering
Keywords: MEMS;micro-hotplate;micro-heater;tin oxide;gas sensor;liquid phase deposition
Issue Date: 1-Jun-2013
Abstract: A micromachined liquid-phase deposition (LPD)-based SnO2 gas sensor that is integrated with a tantalum nitride (TaN) microheater on micro-hotplate is designed and fabricated using microelectromechanical systems technology. TaN is available in many traditional complementary metal oxide semiconductor designs, unlike many other microheater materials. For the initial time, TaN is used in semiconductor metal oxide gas sensor as a heater. The thermal response, thermal distribution, and power consumption of the TaN microheater are measured using a thermal imaging camera. The operating temperature of TaN micro-hotplate can exceed 500 degrees C and they have a favorable thermal distribution within the sensing area. The temperature variation over the sensing area for a TaN microheater with a size of 300 x 300 mu m is similar to 4% at 500 degrees C. Its power consumption is successfully decreased by adopting a structure with ratio of edge length of the membrane to that of the microheater of 2.5. The sensing responses of the LPD-based SnO2 gas sensor with the TaN microheater to H2S gas are measured at various operating temperatures. The optimal operating temperature of the designed gas sensors is in the range 250 degrees C-300 degrees C. The designed sensing film with an area of 100 x 100 mu m has greater sensitivity to a staircase concentration of H2S gas than those with the other two areas (200 x 200 mu m and 300 x 300 mu m).
URI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/JSEN.2013.2256780
ISSN: 1530-437X
DOI: 10.1109/JSEN.2013.2256780
Volume: 13
Issue: 6
Begin Page: 2466
End Page: 2473
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