An ultraselective and ultrasensitive trimethylamine (TMA) sensor was achieved using MoO3 nanoplates-prepared by ultrasonic spray pyrolysis followed by a heat treatment at 450 C. The small and thin MoO3 nanoplates with gas-accessible structures showed an unusually high response to 5 ppm TMA (ratio of resistance to air and gas = 373.74) at 300 C with detection limit as low as 45 ppb. Moreover, the ratios of the cross-responses to interfering gases (i.e., 5 ppm C2H5OH, CO, CH4, C3H8, H2, and NO2) to the response to 5 ppm TMA were extremely low (0.008-0.016). The source of the ultraselective and highly sensitive detection of TMA with negligible interference from other gases is discussed with respect to the acid/base properties, size, and morphology of the MoO3 sensing materials.
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded by the Korea Government (MEST) (No. 2013R1A2A1A01006545 ).
- Gas sensors
- MoO nanoplates
- Selective detection
- Ultrasonic spray pyrolysis
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films
- Metals and Alloys
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering
- Materials Chemistry