Rational Design of Semiconductor-Based Chemiresistors and their Libraries for Next-Generation Artificial Olfaction

Seong Yong Jeong, Jun Sik Kim, Jong Heun Lee

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Artificial olfaction based on gas sensor arrays aims to substitute for, support, and surpass human olfaction. Like mammalian olfaction, a larger number of sensors and more signal processing are crucial for strengthening artificial olfaction. Due to rapid progress in computing capabilities and machine-learning algorithms, on-demand high-performance artificial olfaction that can eclipse human olfaction becomes inevitable once diverse and versatile gas sensing materials are provided. Here, rational strategies to design a myriad of different semiconductor-based chemiresistors and to grow gas sensing libraries enough to identify a wide range of odors and gases are reviewed, discussed, and suggested. Key approaches include the use of p-type oxide semiconductors, multinary perovskite and spinel oxides, carbon-based materials, metal chalcogenides, their heterostructures, as well as heterocomposites as distinctive sensing materials, the utilization of bilayer sensor design, the design of robust sensing materials, and the high-throughput screening of sensing materials. In addition, the state-of-the-art and key issues in the implementation of electronic noses are discussed. Finally, a perspective on chemiresistive sensing materials for next-generation artificial olfaction is provided.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2002075
JournalAdvanced Materials
Issue number51
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Dec 22

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
S.‐Y.J. and J.‐S.K. contributed equally to this work. This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded by the Korea government (MSIT) (No. 2020R1A2C3008933 and No. 2018R1A4A1022647).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2020 The Authors. Published by Wiley-VCH GmbH


  • artificial olfaction
  • chemiresistors
  • electronic noses
  • gas sensors
  • oxide semiconductors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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