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Advances in Materials Science and Engineering
Volume 2013, Article ID 382380, 6 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/382380
Research Article

Structural, Morphological, and LPG Sensing Properties of Al-Doped ZnO Thin Film Prepared by SILAR

Department of Physics, The University of Burdwan, Golapbag, Burdwan, West Bengal 713104, India

Received 19 May 2013; Accepted 9 October 2013

Academic Editor: Jun Zhang

Copyright © 2013 Shampa Mondal et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Undoped and aluminum doped zinc oxide (AZO) thin films were deposited on glass substrates by successive ion layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) technique from ammonium zincate complex. The thin films are characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) for their structural and morphological studies. Both undoped and -doped film show strong preferred c-axis orientation. The texture coefficient (TC) of the film along (002) direction increases due to Al incorporation. SEM micrograph shows round shaped particles for pure ZnO. However AZO films show particles with off spherical shape and compact interconnected grains. Sensitivity of the film in presence of 80% LEL (lower explosive limit) of LPG increases with temperature and is maximum at 325°C. Significantly high sensitivity of 87% with reasonably fast response was observed for 1% -doped ZnO (AZO) film in presence of 1.6 vol% LPG at 325°C.