Thick films of MgFe2O4 for humidity sensors

G. Gusmano, G. Montesperelli, B. Morten, M. Prudenziati, A. Pumo, E. Traversa

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In this paper the humidity-sensitive electrical properties of MgFe2O4 thick-films are studied. Thick films were prepared by screen printing on alumina substrates and subsequent firing. Pastes for screen printing were obtained by adding an organic vehicle and Bi2O3, as a sintering aid, to MgFe2O4 powders. The microstructure of the films was varied using MgFe2O4 powders with different grain sizes and by changing the firing temperatures. The microstructure of the films was studied by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersion spectroscopy (EDS), and Hg porosimetry. The humidity-sensitive electrical properties of thick films were tested by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). D.C. measurements were made to test reproducibility and time response, and to study the conduction mechanism. The electrical response of the films was correlated with their microstructure and the distribution of Bi2O3 in the films.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)589-599
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Materials Processing Technology
Issue number1-4
StatePublished - Jan 1996
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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