Novel fabrication of an SnO2 nanowire gas sensor with high sensitivity

Young Jin Choi, In Sung Hwang, Jae Gwan Park, Kyoung Jin Choi, Jae Hwan Park, Jong Heun Lee

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We fabricated a nanowire-based gas sensor using a simple method of growing SnO2 nanowires bridging the gap between two pre-patterned Au catalysts, in which the electrical contacts to the nanowires are self-assembled during the synthesis of the nanowires. The gas sensing capability of this network-structured gas sensor was demonstrated using a diluted NO2. The sensitivity, as a function of temperature, was highest at 200°C and was determined to be 18 and 180 when the NO2 concentration was 0.5 and 5 ppm, respectively. Our sensor showed higher sensitivity compared to different types of sensors including SnO2 powder-based thin films, SnO 2 coating on carbon nanotubes or single/multiple SnO2 nanobelts. The enhanced sensitivity was attributed to the additional modulation of the sensor resistance due to the potential barrier at nanowire/nanowire junctions as well as the surface depletion region of each nanowire.

Original languageEnglish
Article number095508
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Feb 5

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • General Chemistry
  • General Materials Science
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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