Electrical conduction of metal nanoclusters by percolation is a very interesting area in nano-device. For more functional nano-sensors consisting of multiple nanocluster blending film, various metals, such as Cu and Ni nanocluster films were fabricated using inert-gas condensation method. The percolation threshold of the films was measured. In addition, for the operation of sensors using these nanocluster films in air, aging experiments of the percolated films in air were carried out. While the percolation threshold was in connection not with the material species but with the area coverage of nanocluster films, the conductive characteristics according to the aging temperature depended on the material species. Reversible and irreversible conduction behaviors of nanocluster films were investigated with nanoscale microstructures using electron microscopes.
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Kang, IS., Ahn, C.W. Percolation Conduction of Nanocluster Films for Nano-Devices. MRS Online Proceedings Library 1257, 352 (2010). https://doi.org/10.1557/PROC-1257-O03-52