In-Situ Sensor Response of Copper Oxide Urchin-like Structures


In this work we report an advanced study of gas sensor performance of copper oxide (CuO) urchin-like structures synthesized by microwave assisted hydrothermal method. Copper oxide in an interesting p-type semiconductor in order to study the mechanisms related to the sensor response of CuO structures, we developed a special sample holder which enables the simultaneous characterization of materials by X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) and electrical measurements. Quantitative XANES analyses showed that the CuO material can have its surface completely reduced when exposed to H-2 in N-2 baseline and electrical measurements confirm the abrupt decrease in the material resistance. This superficial reduction is reversible after exposition of sample to a synthetic air atmosphere. Sensor response models for CuO material based on these findings were proposed.



Sensors, copper oxide, nanomaterials

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2016 Ieee Sensors. New York: Ieee, 3 p., 2016.