The effect of CO2 gas adsorption on the electrical properties of Fe doped TiO2 films

Mardare D., Adomnitei C., Florea D., Luca D., YILDIZ A.

PHYSICA B-CONDENSED MATTER, vol.524, pp.17-21, 2017 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 524
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.physb.2017.08.029
  • Page Numbers: pp.17-21


CO2 has to be monitored for indoor air quality, being also an important greenhouse gas. The electrical and sensing gas properties of the undoped and Fe doped TiO2 thin films, obtained by RF sputtering, have been investigated in different CO2 atmospheres. It was observed that the response to CO2 increases by Fe doping for the lowest doped film, and then decreases, as the dopant concentration increases. An explanation was given based on multiphonon-assisted hopping model. By studying the films electrical conductivity in front of a certain CO2 atmosphere, we have qualitatively evidenced the semiconducting n-type nature of the films under study, except for the highest Fe doped film which has a p-type behavior. An important finding is that Fe doping determines the decrease of the optimum operating temperature, approaching the room temperature.