Effects of reducing interferers in a binary gas mixture on NO

M. Penza, R. Rossi, M. Alvisi, M.A. Signore, E. Serra

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Analysis of binary gas mixtures using chemiresistors based on carbon nanotubes (CNTs) networked films has been performed for chemical detection up to a sub-ppm level. The effects of individual interfering analytes of reducing H2S and NH3 gases on oxidizing NO2 gas adsorption in CNTs tangled films are considered. The CNTs are grown by plasma-enhanced chemical vapour deposition technology onto inexpensive alumina substrates, coated by cobalt nanosized catalyst. Charge transfer between adsorbed gas molecules and CNT networks, characterized by a semiconducting p-type electrical transport, occurs depending on opposite trend in the sensor response to the electron-donating interfering gases (H2S, NH 3) and target electron-withdrawing NO2 gas causing a compensation of the charge transport, upon given working conditions. This compensated exchange of electrical charge affects the limit of detection of the targeted NO2 gas sensed in different real-world binary gas mixtures of reducing interferers of H2S and NH3. In addition, the functionalization of the CNT films with Au nanoclusters enhanced the sensitivity of the chemiresistor and tuned the compensation of electrical charge crossover in the selected binary oxido-reducing mixtures. © 2009 IOP Publishing Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Article number072002
Pages (from-to)-
JournalJournal Physics D: Applied Physics
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films

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Penza, M., Rossi, R., Alvisi, M., Signore, M. A., & Serra, E. (2009). Effects of reducing interferers in a binary gas mixture on NO. Journal Physics D: Applied Physics, 42(7), -. [072002]. https://doi.org/10.1088/0022-3727/42/7/072002