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Conduction mechanisms in gas detectors based on nanostructured metalic oxide semiconductors

Grant number: 16/50491-9
Support Opportunities:Regular Research Grants
Duration: October 01, 2017 - September 30, 2019
Field of knowledge:Engineering - Materials and Metallurgical Engineering - Nonmetallic Materials
Convênio/Acordo: CONICET
Mobility Program: SPRINT - Projetos de pesquisa - Mobilidade
Principal Investigator:Elson Longo da Silva
Grantee:Elson Longo da Silva
Principal researcher abroad: Celso Manuel Aldao
Institution abroad: Universidad Nacional de La Plata (UNPL), Argentina
Host Institution: Faculdade de Engenharia (FEG). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Guaratinguetá. Guaratinguetá , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:13/07296-2 - CDMF - Center for the Development of Functional Materials, AP.CEPID


The general purpose of this project consists on the investigation of the conduction mechanisms in nanostructured semiconductor oxides based on pure and lanthanum (La) or europium (Eu) doped titanium or cerium dioxides. The determination of relationship in between micro structure of the sensor films, and its dependency with composition and processing route, along with the electrical properties for gas sensing will be evaluated. In this scope, efforts will be made on the synthesis of the nanostructures through the microwave assisted hydro-thermal route (MAH), on the deposition process via screen-printing technique, along with the sensing behavior of the devices against distinct atmospheres. For the characterizations, Positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS), Complex Impedance spectroscopy (CIS), Raman spectroscopy, X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS), Fourier Transform Infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, UV-Vis spectroscopy, X-rays diffraction (XRD), Scanning and Transmission electron microcopies (SEM, TEM) will be employed. Besides, the electrical conduction mechanisms will be modeled for a poly-crystalline semiconductor in order to elucidate the consequences of intergranular barriers exchanging properties owing to addition of dopants. (AU)

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