Selective detection of nitrogen-containing compound gases

Ran Yoo, Hyun Sook Lee, Wonkyung Kim, Yunji Park, Aran Koo, Sang Hyun Jin, Thang Viet Pham, Myung Jong Kim, Sunglyul Maeng, Wooyoung Lee

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N-containing gaseous compounds, such as trimethylamine (TMA), triethylamine (TEA), ammonia (NH3), nitrogen monoxide (NO), and nitrogen dioxide (NO2) exude irritating odors and are harmful to the human respiratory system at high concentrations. In this study, we investigated the sensing responses of five sensor materials—Al-doped ZnO (AZO) nanoparticles (NPs), Pt-loaded AZO NPs, a Pt-loadedWO3 (Pt-WO3) thin film, an Au-loadedWO3 (Au-WO3) thin film, and N-doped graphene—to the five aforementioned gases at a concentration of 10 parts per million (ppm). The ZnOand WO3-based materials exhibited n-type semiconducting behavior, and their responses to tertiary amines were significantly higher than those of nitric oxides. The N-doped graphene exhibited p-type semiconducting behavior and responded only to nitric oxides. The Au- and Pt-WO3 thin films exhibited extremely high responses of approximately 100,000 for 10 ppm of triethylamine (TEA) and approximately –2700 for 10 ppm of NO2, respectively. These sensing responses are superior to those of previously reported sensors based on semiconducting metal oxides. On the basis of the sensing response results, we drew radar plots, which indicated that selective pattern recognition could be achieved by using the five sensing materials together. Thus, we demonstrated the possibility to distinguish each type of gas by applying the patterns to recognition techniques.

Original languageEnglish
Article number3565
JournalSensors (Switzerland)
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Aug 2

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Funding Information:
Funding: This research was supported by the Priority Research Centers Program through the NRF (2019R1A6A1A11055660) and the Medium and Large Complex Technology Commercialization Project through the Commercialization Promotion Agency for R&D Outcomes (2019K000045). Both were funded by the Ministry of Science, ICT, and Future Planning.

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Instrumentation
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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