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Effect Of Humidity On Copper Phthalocyanine Films Deposited At Different Gravity Conditions

Khasan S. Karimov, Zubair Ahmad, Noshin Fatima, Muhammad Mansoor Ahmed, Muhammad Abid

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Purpose The paper aims to study the effects of humidity on the electrical properties of copper phthalocyanine (CuPc) thin films deposited at different gravity conditions. Design/methodology/approach 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. Findings 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. Research limitations/implications The centrifugation technique can potentially be used in the instrumentation industry for the fabrication of humidity sensors. Practical implications The results of the investigations can potentially be used in the instrumentation and optoelectronics industry for the fabrication of humidity sensors. Originality/value 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.