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SnO2 thin films were prepared by spin-coating of Sn(II) 2-ethylhexanoate solutions onto silicon substrates, followed by heat-treatment at 500 °C. From the study of the starting solutions and of the final films by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) it was concluded that the film formation started with weak physical interactions between the individual precursor molecules and then proceeded through an extensive cross-linking as the heat-treatment took place. In this way mechanically resistant and well-adhering sensing layers were prepared. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), in agreement with XRD, further revealed that the sensing films heat-treated at 500 °C consisted of SnO2 grains with diameters of about 10 nm. The films heat-treated at 500 °C were able to withstand a full microelectronic processing sequence …
Publication date: 
10 Jun 2007

Mauro Epifani, Luca Francioso, Pietro Siciliano, Andreas Helwig, Gerhard Mueller, Raül Díaz, Jordi Arbiol, Joan R Morante

Biblio References: 
Volume: 124 Issue: 1 Pages: 217-226
Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical