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Fabrication and Characterization of a CMOS-MEMS Humidity Sensor.

Dennis JO, Ahmed AY, Khir MH - Sensors (Basel) (2015)

Bottom Line: The output voltage is found to be linear from 0.585 mV to 3.250 mV as the humidity increased from 35% RH to 60% RH, with sensitivity of 0.107 mV/% RH; and again linear from 3.250 mV to 30.580 mV as the humidity level increases from 60% RH to 95% RH, with higher sensitivity of 0.781 mV/% RH.On the other hand, the sensitivity of the humidity sensor increases linearly from 0.102 mV/% RH to 0.501 mV/% RH with increase in the temperature from 40 °C to 80 °C and a maximum hysteresis of 0.87% RH is found at a relative humidity of 80%.Finally, the CMOS-MEMS humidity sensor showed comparable response, recovery, and repeatability of measurements in three cycles as compared to a standard sensor that directly measures humidity in % RH.

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Affiliation: Department of Fundamental and Applied Sciences, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, Bandar Seri Iskandar, Perak Darul Ridzuan 32610, Malaysia. johndennis@petronas.com.my.

ABSTRACT
This paper reports on the fabrication and characterization of a Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor-Microelectromechanical System (CMOS-MEMS) device with embedded microheater operated at relatively elevated temperatures (40 °C to 80 °C) for the purpose of relative humidity measurement. The sensing principle is based on the change in amplitude of the device due to adsorption or desorption of humidity on the active material layer of titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles deposited on the moving plate, which results in changes in the mass of the device. The sensor has been designed and fabricated through a standard 0.35 µm CMOS process technology and post-CMOS micromachining technique has been successfully implemented to release the MEMS structures. The sensor is operated in the dynamic mode using electrothermal actuation and the output signal measured using a piezoresistive (PZR) sensor connected in a Wheatstone bridge circuit. The output voltage of the humidity sensor increases from 0.585 mV to 30.580 mV as the humidity increases from 35% RH to 95% RH. The output voltage is found to be linear from 0.585 mV to 3.250 mV as the humidity increased from 35% RH to 60% RH, with sensitivity of 0.107 mV/% RH; and again linear from 3.250 mV to 30.580 mV as the humidity level increases from 60% RH to 95% RH, with higher sensitivity of 0.781 mV/% RH. On the other hand, the sensitivity of the humidity sensor increases linearly from 0.102 mV/% RH to 0.501 mV/% RH with increase in the temperature from 40 °C to 80 °C and a maximum hysteresis of 0.87% RH is found at a relative humidity of 80%. The sensitivity is also frequency dependent, increasing from 0.500 mV/% RH at 2 Hz to reach a maximum value of 1.634 mV/% RH at a frequency of 12 Hz, then decreasing to 1.110 mV/% RH at a frequency of 20 Hz. Finally, the CMOS-MEMS humidity sensor showed comparable response, recovery, and repeatability of measurements in three cycles as compared to a standard sensor that directly measures humidity in % RH.

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(a) Bonded and packaged device; (b) Experimental setup for measurement of the humidity response of the CMOS-MEMS device.
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sensors-15-16674-f004: (a) Bonded and packaged device; (b) Experimental setup for measurement of the humidity response of the CMOS-MEMS device.

Mentions: The sensor device that was bonded and packaged in a commercial dual in line package (DIP) as shown in Figure 4a was placed on a sample holder inside a bench-top type SH-242 temperature and humidity chamber of size 300 × 300 × 250 mm, as shown in Figure 4b. For the first experiment, the CMOS-MEMS humidity sensor inside the chamber is operated in the dynamic mode by applying an input AC voltage at frequency of 4 Hz with amplitude of 6 Vpp. The relative humidity inside the chamber is increased and decreased from 35% RH to 95% RH in steps of 5% RH while keeping the ambient temperature constant at 27 °C to observe hysteresis. The time for a 5% RH step increase in humidity is set to 7 min and, in between each step, the humidity is maintained constant for 3 min before increasing it to the next level in another 7 min; the output voltage is measured using PASCO interface card (PS-2124A) connected to a computer, as shown in Figure 4b.


Fabrication and Characterization of a CMOS-MEMS Humidity Sensor.

Dennis JO, Ahmed AY, Khir MH - Sensors (Basel) (2015)

(a) Bonded and packaged device; (b) Experimental setup for measurement of the humidity response of the CMOS-MEMS device.
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sensors-15-16674-f004: (a) Bonded and packaged device; (b) Experimental setup for measurement of the humidity response of the CMOS-MEMS device.
Mentions: The sensor device that was bonded and packaged in a commercial dual in line package (DIP) as shown in Figure 4a was placed on a sample holder inside a bench-top type SH-242 temperature and humidity chamber of size 300 × 300 × 250 mm, as shown in Figure 4b. For the first experiment, the CMOS-MEMS humidity sensor inside the chamber is operated in the dynamic mode by applying an input AC voltage at frequency of 4 Hz with amplitude of 6 Vpp. The relative humidity inside the chamber is increased and decreased from 35% RH to 95% RH in steps of 5% RH while keeping the ambient temperature constant at 27 °C to observe hysteresis. The time for a 5% RH step increase in humidity is set to 7 min and, in between each step, the humidity is maintained constant for 3 min before increasing it to the next level in another 7 min; the output voltage is measured using PASCO interface card (PS-2124A) connected to a computer, as shown in Figure 4b.

Bottom Line: The output voltage is found to be linear from 0.585 mV to 3.250 mV as the humidity increased from 35% RH to 60% RH, with sensitivity of 0.107 mV/% RH; and again linear from 3.250 mV to 30.580 mV as the humidity level increases from 60% RH to 95% RH, with higher sensitivity of 0.781 mV/% RH.On the other hand, the sensitivity of the humidity sensor increases linearly from 0.102 mV/% RH to 0.501 mV/% RH with increase in the temperature from 40 °C to 80 °C and a maximum hysteresis of 0.87% RH is found at a relative humidity of 80%.Finally, the CMOS-MEMS humidity sensor showed comparable response, recovery, and repeatability of measurements in three cycles as compared to a standard sensor that directly measures humidity in % RH.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Fundamental and Applied Sciences, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, Bandar Seri Iskandar, Perak Darul Ridzuan 32610, Malaysia. johndennis@petronas.com.my.

ABSTRACT
This paper reports on the fabrication and characterization of a Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor-Microelectromechanical System (CMOS-MEMS) device with embedded microheater operated at relatively elevated temperatures (40 °C to 80 °C) for the purpose of relative humidity measurement. The sensing principle is based on the change in amplitude of the device due to adsorption or desorption of humidity on the active material layer of titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles deposited on the moving plate, which results in changes in the mass of the device. The sensor has been designed and fabricated through a standard 0.35 µm CMOS process technology and post-CMOS micromachining technique has been successfully implemented to release the MEMS structures. The sensor is operated in the dynamic mode using electrothermal actuation and the output signal measured using a piezoresistive (PZR) sensor connected in a Wheatstone bridge circuit. The output voltage of the humidity sensor increases from 0.585 mV to 30.580 mV as the humidity increases from 35% RH to 95% RH. The output voltage is found to be linear from 0.585 mV to 3.250 mV as the humidity increased from 35% RH to 60% RH, with sensitivity of 0.107 mV/% RH; and again linear from 3.250 mV to 30.580 mV as the humidity level increases from 60% RH to 95% RH, with higher sensitivity of 0.781 mV/% RH. On the other hand, the sensitivity of the humidity sensor increases linearly from 0.102 mV/% RH to 0.501 mV/% RH with increase in the temperature from 40 °C to 80 °C and a maximum hysteresis of 0.87% RH is found at a relative humidity of 80%. The sensitivity is also frequency dependent, increasing from 0.500 mV/% RH at 2 Hz to reach a maximum value of 1.634 mV/% RH at a frequency of 12 Hz, then decreasing to 1.110 mV/% RH at a frequency of 20 Hz. Finally, the CMOS-MEMS humidity sensor showed comparable response, recovery, and repeatability of measurements in three cycles as compared to a standard sensor that directly measures humidity in % RH.

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