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Electrically conductive Pt-Rh/ZrO2 and Pt-Rh/HfO2 nanocomposite electrodes for high temperature harsh environment sensors
Author(s): Scott C. Moulzolf; David J. Frankel; Mauricio Pereira da Cunha; Robert J. Lad
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Paper Abstract

Nanocomposite films comprised of either Pt-Rh/ZrO2 or Pt-Rh/HfO2 materials were co-deposited using multiple e-beam evaporation sources onto langasite (La3Ga5SiO14) substrates, both as blanket films and patterned interdigital transducer electrodes for surface acoustic wave (SAW) sensor devices. The films and devices were tested after different thermal treatments in a tube furnace up to 1200°C. X-ray diffraction and electron microscopy results indicate that Pt-Rh/HfO2 films are stabilized by the formation of monoclinic HfO2 precipitates after high temperature exposure, which act as pinning sites to retard grain growth and prevent agglomeration of the conductive cubic Pt-Rh phase. The Pt-Rh/ZrO2 films were found to be slightly less stable, and contain both tetragonal and monoclinic ZrO2 precipitates that also help prevent Pt-Rh agglomeration. Film conductivities were measured versus temperature for Pt-Rh/HfO2 films on a variety of substrates, and it was concluded that La and/or Ga diffusion from the langasite substrate into the nanocomposite films is detrimental to film stability. An Al2O3 diffusion barrier grown on langasite using atomic layer deposition (ALD) was found to be effective in minimizing interdiffusion between the nanocomposite film and the langasite crystal.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 May 2013
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 8763, Smart Sensors, Actuators, and MEMS VI, 87630F (17 May 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2017596
Show Author Affiliations
Scott C. Moulzolf, Univ. of Maine (United States)
David J. Frankel, Univ. of Maine (United States)
Mauricio Pereira da Cunha, Univ. of Maine (United States)
Robert J. Lad, Univ. of Maine (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8763:
Smart Sensors, Actuators, and MEMS VI
Ulrich Schmid; José Luis Sánchez de Rojas Aldavero; Monika Leester-Schaedel, Editor(s)

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