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Smart chemical sensors using ZnO semiconducting thin films for freshness detection of foods and beverages
Author(s): Hidehito Nanto; Toshiki Kobayashi; Naganori Dougami; Masaaki Habara; Hajime Yamamoto; Eiji Kusano; Akira Kinbara; Yoshiteru Douguchi
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Paper Abstract

The sensitivity of the chemical sensor, based on the resistance change of Al2O3-doped and SnO2-doped ZnO (ZnO:Al and ZnO:SnO2) thin film, is studied for exposure to various gases. It is found that the ZnO:Al and ZnO:Sn thin film chemical sensor has a high sensitivity and excellent selectivity for amine (TMA and DMA) gas and ethanol gas, respectively. The ZnO:Al (5.0 wt%) thin film chemical sensor which exhibit a high sensitivity for exposure to odors from rotten sea foods, such as salmon, sea bream, oyster, squid and sardine, responds to the freshness change of these sea foods. The ZnO:SnO2 (78 wt%) thin film chemical sensor which exhibit a high sensitivity for exposure to aroma from alcohols, such as wine, Japanese sake, and whisky, responds to the freshness change of these alcohols.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 July 1998
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 3328, Smart Structures and Materials 1998: Smart Electronics and MEMS, (20 July 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.320195
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Hidehito Nanto, Kanazawa Institute of Technology (Japan)
Toshiki Kobayashi, Kanazawa Institute of Technology (Japan)
Naganori Dougami, Kanazawa Institute of Technology (Japan)
Masaaki Habara, Kanazawa Institute of Technology (Japan)
Hajime Yamamoto, Kanazawa Institute of Technology (Japan)
Eiji Kusano, Kanazawa Institute of Technology (Japan)
Akira Kinbara, Kanazawa Institute of Technology (Japan)
Yoshiteru Douguchi, Industrial Research Institute of Ishikawa (Japan)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3328:
Smart Structures and Materials 1998: Smart Electronics and MEMS
Vijay K. Varadan; Paul J. McWhorter; Richard A. Singer; Michael J. Vellekoop, Editor(s)

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