Electrochemical deposition of praseodymium oxide on tin-doped indium oxide as a thin sensing film
Shrestha, S., Marken, F., Elliott, J., Yeung, C.M.Y., Mills, C.E. and Tsang, S.C. (2006) Electrochemical deposition of praseodymium oxide on tin-doped indium oxide as a thin sensing film. Journal of the Electrochemical Society, 153 (7). C517-C520. ISSN 0013-4651
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Fabrication of a thin praseodymium oxide film is of great technological interest in sensor, semiconducting, and ceramic industries. It is shown for the first time that an ultrathin layer of praseodymium oxide can be deposited on tin-doped indium oxide surface (ITO) by applying a negative sweeping voltage (cathodic electrodeposition) to the aqueous solution containing Pr(NO3)(3) and H2O2 using cyclic voltammetry, followed by annealing the film at 500 S C for 1 h. X-ray diffraction suggested that the predominant phase of the film is Pr6O11 and atomic force microscopy and scanning electron microscopy characterizations indicated that this film is assembled with a monolayer coverage of spherical praseodymium oxide nanoparticles packed closely on the ITO surface. AC impedance measurements of the thin Pr6O11 film on ITO also revealed that the composite material displays a much higher electrical conductivity compared to the pure ITO. As a result, the material could suitably be used as a new chemical sensor. (c) 2006 The Electrochemical Society.