In this study, a direct-current reactive sputtered AliZnO/Al-based memristor device was fabricated and its resistive switching (RS) characteristics investigated. The optical and structural properties were confirmed by using UV vis spectrophotometry and x-ray diffraction, respectively. The memristive and resistive switching characteristics were determined using time dependent current voltage (I-V-t) measurements. The typical pinched hysteresis I-V loops of a memristor were observed. In addition, the device showed forming-free, uniform and bipolar RS behavior. The low electric field region exhibited ohmic conduction, while the Schottky emission (SE) was found to be the dominant conduction mechanism in the high electric field region. A weak Poole-Frenkel (PF) emission also appeared. In conclusion, it was suggested that the SE and PF mechanisms were related to the oxygen vacancies in the ZnO. (C) 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.