The paper aims to study the effects of humidity on the electrical properties of copper phthalocyanine (CuPc) thin films deposited at different gravity conditions.
Surface-type samples were fabricated on glass substrates with preliminary-deposited copper electrodes. The CuPc solution was prepared in benzene. The thin films of CuPc were deposited on these substrates at diverse gravity conditions by drop-casting and centrifugation at 1 × g and 70 × g, respectively. Impedance and capacitance of the fabricated devices were measured against the different relative humidity ranging from 32 to 98 per cent.
The impedance and the capacitance of the CuPc film were found to be dependent on the ambient humidity levels (32-98 per cent) and the gravity conditions (1 × g and 70 × g) opted during the fabrication process.
The centrifugation technique can potentially be used in the instrumentation industry for the fabrication of humidity sensors.
The results of the investigations can potentially be used in the instrumentation and optoelectronics industry for the fabrication of humidity sensors.
CuPc films were deposited from a solution in benzene using drop-casting and centrifugation. The electrical properties of the films were found to be dependent on film fabrication conditions and ambient humidity levels. Growth-dependent electrical properties of the CuPc films can be explained by considering their structure.
The authors are thankful to Capital University of Science and Technology (CUST) and Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology, Pakistan, for supporting this work.
Karimov, K.S., Ahmad, Z., Fatima, N., Ahmed, M.M. and Abid, M. (2017), "Effect of humidity on copper phthalocyanine films deposited at different gravity conditions", Pigment & Resin Technology, Vol. 46 No. 1, pp. 64-70. https://doi.org/10.1108/PRT-11-2014-0105
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