UV-enhanced ozone gas sensing response of ZnO-SnO2 heterojunctions at room temperature

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Silva, Luis F. da [UNESP]
M'Peko, J. -C.
Catto, Ariadne C.
Bernardini, Sandrine
Mastelaro, Valmor R.
Aguir, Khalifa
Ribeiro, Caue
Longo, Elson [UNESP]

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Elsevier B.V.


The sensitivity of ZnO-SnO2 heterojunctions to ozone gas was investigated in this work, the two-phase materials of which were prepared via a hydrothermal route, resulting in nanocomposites in which the formation of heterojunctions was confirmed by microscopy analyses. While the sensing effectiveness of these materials is currently verified for application above 150 degrees C, these temperatures are here drastically reduced to room temperature by considering sensing activity under continuous UV irradiation, even for ozone concentrations as low as 20 ppb. This approach resulted in a fast sensing response, a short recovery time and a good selectivity compared to other gases, demonstrating a great potential of such heterojunctions for applications in environmental monitoring devices. (C) 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.



Hydrothermal, Heterojunction, ZnO, SnO2, UV light, Ozone sensor

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Sensors And Actuators B-chemical. Lausanne: Elsevier Science Sa, v. 240, p. 573-579, 2017.