Author(s) Varezhnikov, A.S.; Fedorov, F.S.; Burmistrov, I.N.; Plugin, I.A.; Sommer, M.; Lashkov, A.V.; Gorokhovsky, A.V.; Nasibulin, A.G.; Kuznetsov, D.V.; Gorshenkov, M.V.; Sysoev, V.V.
Journal Nanomaterials (Basel)
Date Published 2017 Dec 19

The development of portable gas-sensing units implies a special care of their power efficiency, which is often approached by operation at room temperature. This issue primarily appeals to a choice of suitable materials whose functional properties are sensitive toward gas vapors at these conditions. While the gas sensitivity is nowadays advanced by employing the materials at nano-dimensional domain, the room temperature operation might be targeted via the application of layered solid-state electrolytes, like titanates. Here, we report gas-sensitive properties of potassium titanate whiskers, which are placed over a multielectrode chip by drop casting from suspension to yield a matrix mono-layer of varied density. The material synthesis conditions are straightforward both to get stable single-crystalline quasi-one-dimensional whiskers with a great extent of potassium replacement and to favor the increase of specific surface area of the structures. The whisker layer is found to be sensitive towards volatile organic compounds (ethanol, isopropanol, acetone) in the mixture with air at room temperature. The vapor identification is obtained via processing the vector signal generated by sensor array of the multielectrode chip with the help of pattern recognition algorithms.

DOI 10.3390/nano7120455
ISSN 2079-4991
Citation Nanomaterials (Basel). 2017;7(12).

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