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Thin-film metal oxide semiconductor (MOX) gas sensors are characterized by high sensitivity and fast response. Those characteristics make them very promising among the several existing technologies for the production of solid state gas sensors. Furthermore, by means of silicon micro-machining technology, MOX sensors can be made on micro hotplates, allowing to reach very low-power consumption, and the batch production guaranties a high yield. However, reproducibility and reliability are still major issues preventing the use of thin-film MOX sensors in mass-market applications.In this work, a wafer-level fabrication process for micro-machined low-power consumption thin-film MOX sensor arrays is reported. Different solutions for the optimization of the fabrication process are investigated, aiming to increase the reproducibility. The critical technological steps related to signal generation and acquisition, like the …
Publication date: 
14 May 2008
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Volume: 131 Issue: 2 Pages: 548-555
Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical