The combination of design and subsequent fabrication of organic/inorganic nanostructures creates an effective way to combine the favorable traits of both to achieve a desired device performance. We demonstrate a miniature electrical read-out, and a sensitive temperature sensor/switch, based on a ZnO nanobelt/plasma-polymerized benzonitrile bimorph structure. A new read-out technique based on the change in the electric current flowing through the bimorph and the contact pad has been employed, replacing the conventional cumbersome piezoresistive method or tedious optical alignment. The thermal sensor demonstrated here has great prospects for thermal switching and triggered detection owing to the relative ease in the fabrication of arrays and the direct electrical read-out.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Materials Science(all)
- Mechanics of Materials
- Mechanical Engineering
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering