SnO2 nanoslab as NO2 sensor: Identification of the NO2 sensing mechanism on a SnO2 surface

Sunglyul Maeng, Sang Woo Kim, Deuk Hee Lee, Seung Eon Moon, Ki Chul Kim, Amitesh Maiti

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Among the various metal oxides, SnO2 has been most widely exploited as a semiconductor gas sensor for its excellent functionalities. Models illustrating the sensing mechanism of SnO2 have been proposed and tested to explain experimentally derived "power laws". The models, however, are often based on somewhat simplistic assumptions; for instance, the net charge transfer from an adsorbate to a sensor surface site is assumed to occur only by integer values independent of the crystallographic planes. In this work, we use layer-shaped SnO2 crystallites with one nanodimension (1ND-crystallites) as NO2 gas sensing elements under flat band conditions, and derive appropriate "power laws" by combining the dynamics of gas molecules on the sensor surface with a depletion theory of semiconductor. Our experimentally measured sensor response as a function of NO2 concentration when compared with the theoretically derived power law indicates that sensing occurs primarily through the chemisorption of single NO2 molecules at oxygen vacancy sites on the sensor surface.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)357-363
Number of pages7
JournalACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jan 8

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)


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