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This research is about future sensor devices for force, pressure, and weight. The core of such sensors for mechanical quantities is a thin film that reacts to deformation. We are developing new sensor films with higher output. Different compositions of metal containing carbon films are examined. Most preferable and stable films contain nickel and carbon. The microscopic film morphology is uncovered. Electron tunneling between nanoparticles is responsible for the very sensitive reaction.
JSSS | Articles | Volume 7, issue 1
J. Sens. Sens. Syst., 7, 1–11, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/jsss-7-1-2018
J. Sens. Sens. Syst., 7, 1–11, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/jsss-7-1-2018

Regular research article 09 Jan 2018

Regular research article | 09 Jan 2018

Granular metal–carbon nanocomposites as piezoresistive sensor films – Part 1: Experimental results and morphology

Günter Schultes et al.

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This research is about future sensor devices for force, pressure, and weight. The core of such sensors for mechanical quantities is a thin film that reacts to deformation. We are developing new sensor films with higher output. Different compositions of metal containing carbon films are examined. Most preferable and stable films contain nickel and carbon. The microscopic film morphology is uncovered. Electron tunneling between nanoparticles is responsible for the very sensitive reaction.
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