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Honors Project




Zinc oxide, Chemical senses, Chemical detectors, Metallic oxides, Nanowires, ZnO, Chemical sensing, Chemical sensors, Metal oxide sensors


This study reviews some of the most important properties of zinc oxide (ZnO) that give a rise to its advantages for chemical sensing applications. Additional goal was to develop and propose the experimental procedure to be used in characterizing ZnO devices for chemical sensing. Due to the practical reasons, experimental work was done on platinum (Pt) based device. Experimenting on simpler material provides a solid basis before moving on to understanding more complex material like ZnO. Experimentation of platinum device confirmed that proposed experimental methodology is reliable and can be used as a basis for experimental work with ZnO devices. However, differences between the two materials have been taken into consideration and the study acknowledges the need for future adjustments and corrections in the proposed experimental procedure to reflect these differences as necessary.




29 pages : color illustrations. Honors project, Smith College, 2016. Includes bibliographical references (page 19)