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Evaluation. of Transverse Piezoelectric Coefficient of ZnO Thin Films Deposited on Different Flexible Substrates: A Comparative Study on the Vibration Sensing Performance

Joshi, Sudeep and Nayak, Manjunatha M and Rajanna, K (2014) Evaluation. of Transverse Piezoelectric Coefficient of ZnO Thin Films Deposited on Different Flexible Substrates: A Comparative Study on the Vibration Sensing Performance. In: ACS APPLIED MATERIALS & INTERFACES, 6 (10). pp. 7108-7116.

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Abstract

We report on the systematic comparative study of highly c-axis oriented and crystalline piezoelectric ZnO thin films deposited on four different flexible substrates for vibration sensing application. The flexible substrates employed for present experimental study were namely a metal alloy (Phynox), metal (aluminum), polyimide (Kapton), and polyester (Mylar). ZnO thin films were deposited by an RF reactive magnetron sputtering technique. ZnO thin films of similar thicknesses of 700 +/- 30 nm were deposited on four different flexible substrates to have proper comparative studies. The crystallinity, surface morphology, chemical composition, and roughness of ZnO thin films were evaluated by respective material characterization techniques. The transverse piezoelectric coefficient (d(31)) value for assessing the piezoelectric property of ZnO thin films on different flexible substrates was measured by a four-point bending method. ZnO thin films deposited on Phynox alloy substrate showed relatively better material characterization results and a higher piezoelectric d(31) coefficient value as compared to ZnO films on metal and polymer substrates. In order to experimentally verify the above observations, vibration sensing studies were performed. As expected, the ZnO thin film deposited on Phynox alloy substrate showed better vibration sensing performance. It has generated the highest peak to peak output voltage amplitude of 256 mV as compared to that of aluminum (224 mV), Kapton (144 mV), and Mylar (46 mV). Therefore, metal alloy flexible substrate proves to be a more suitable, advantageous, and versatile choice for integrating ZnO thin films as compared to metal and polymer flexible substrates for vibration sensing applications. The present experimental study is extremely important and helpful for the selection of a suitable flexible substrate for various applications in the field of sensor and actuator technology.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: copyright for this article belongs to AMER CHEMICAL SOC, 1155 16TH ST, NW, WASHINGTON, DC 20036 USA
Keywords: flexible substrate; piezoelectric coefficient; sputtering; vibration sensing; ZnO thin film
Department/Centre: ?? OS-CNSE ??
Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Instrumentation Appiled Physics
Depositing User: Id for Latest eprints
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2014 05:57
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2014 05:57
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/49372

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