Structural, morphological and textural properties of iron manganite (FeMnO3) thick films applied for humidity sensing
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AuthorsNikolić, Maria Vesna
Dojčinović, Milena P.
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Iron manganite (FeMnO3) powder with a cubic (bixbyite, − Ia3) crystal structure was obtained by a solid state reaction. Thick film paste (powder+organic vehicles) was screen printed on alumina substrate with test interdigitated PdAg electrodes. Significant porosity (60.6%) composed of macropores (larger than 100 nm) was determined by Hg porosimetry, changing only slightly from the first extrusion run indicating a stable pore system. Hg porosimetry evaluation of thick film samples enabled estimation of true textural parameters of the thick film compared to powder. Impedance response of the thick film sensor was monitored in a humidity chamber in the relative humidity (RH) range 30–90%, at room temperature (25 °C) and frequency range from 42 Hz to 1 MHz. At 100 Hz the impedance reduced from 10.41 MΩ for RH 30% to 0.68 MΩ for RH 90%. Analysis of complex impedance using an equivalent circuit showed the dominant influence of grain boundaries. The sensor response and recovery was ...fast (several seconds) and a relatively low hysteresis value of 2.8% was obtained.
Keywords:Iron manganite / Humidity sensing / Mercury porosimetry / Thick films / Complex impedance
Source:Materials Science and Engineering B: Solid-State Materials for Advanced Technology, 2020, 257, 114547-
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