Maintaining specific temperature is a key parameter for most of the gas sensing materials, particularly for metal oxide-based thin film layers, to operate them more efficiently to detect different gaseous (or vapor) species at ppm and ppb concentration levels. For field applications, battery-operated micro-gas-sensors, power dissipation and the required temperature stability are to be maintained with a close tolerance for better signal stability and also to analyze the generated data from the sensing element. This chapter mainly focuses on several metal oxide films to highlight the base temperature and its creation on silicon-based platforms. Air-suspended structures are highlighted, and a comparison is drawn between simple and MEMS-based structures from the power dissipation point of view. Ease of fabrication and operation limitations are explained with fabrication issues.
Part of the book: Progresses in Chemical Sensor