Solid State Science and Technology, Vol. 11, No.1 (2003) 34-43



Akrajas, Muhamad Mat Salleh and Muhammad Yahaya

School of Applied Physics Faculty of Science and Technology Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

43600 UKM Bangi

Selangor, Malaysia




This  paper  reports  the  study  of  the  effect  of  surface  morphology  of  cobalt  (II)  tetraphenyl porphyrins thin films on its sensing sensitivity toward the presence of an organic vapors; cyclohexane. The thin film was deposited on glass substrate using Langmuir-Blodgett deposition technique. The annealing process was performed to modify the thin film surface morphology. The thin films samples were annealed in several temperatures; 50, 100 and 150°C, in air atmosphere for one hour, each. The sensing sensitivity of the films samples was studied based on the change on the optical absorption characteristic upon exposure toward gas which was measured at a particular wavelength of the light source; 626 nm. It was found that the sensing sensitivity of the thin film toward a particular vapor sample depended on the surface morphology of the thin film surface. The optimum sensing sensitivity was found for the thin films with a large number of hills and valleys on the surface which was given by the as prepared thin films.

Keywords: Porphyrins, Surface Morphology, Optical sensing, Organic vapor, Langmuir-Blodgett film




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