On the CO response mechanism of SiC based field effect gas sensors
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The response characteristics of Metal Insulator Silicon Carbide (MISiC) field effect sensor devices, with platinum (Pt) as the metal contact, towards carbon monoxide (CO) at varying oxygen (O2) concentrations and over a wide range of temperatures have been investigated in detail at atmospheric pressure. The influence of hydrogen (H2) on the CO response was also studied. Sensor devices with thin, porous as well as dense, homogeneous Pt films on top of both silicon dioxide (SiO2) and magnesium oxide (MgO) as insulator materials were investigated in this study. The reaction products generated on the sensor surfaces were also monitored with a mass spectrometer connected to the gas flow just downstream of the sensor location and the results compared to CO oxidation characteristics over Pt/SiO2 and to some extent Pt/MgO catalysts as reported in literature. By correlating the response characteristics of these devices with CO2 formation and hydrogen consumption on the sensor surfaces, strong indications for a CO response mechanism involving a CO induced increased sensitivity to background hydrogen have been obtained, this mechanism being hypothesized to be the only one behind the CO sensitivity of devices with dense Pt metal contacts. The results also give further support to the idea that also other processes than an increased sensitivity to background hydrogen contribute to the CO response of sensor devices with a porous platinum film as the metal contact, one candidate being the removal of oxygen anions from the surface of exposed oxide areas through the oxidation reaction with CO.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-13095OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-13095DiVA: diva2:17825
This manuscript was never submitted to a journal and will not be published.2008-04-012008-04-012016-06-14Bibliographically approved