Naskar, Atanu and Narjinary, Mousumi and Kundu, Susmita (2017) Unconventional Synthesis of gamma-Fe2O3: Excellent Low-Concentration Ethanol Sensing Performance. Journal of Electronic Materials, 46 (1). pp. 478-487. ISSN 0361-5235

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This study reports on a simple unconventional procedure for synthesis of gamma-Fe2O3 nanopowder and its fabrication as a resistive ethanol sensor. gamma-Fe2O3 powder having an average particle size of similar to 15 nm was prepared by thermal decomposition of iron(III) acetylacetonate. Platinum incorporation (0.5-1.5 wt.%) was also carried out for enhancing sensing performance. The powders were characterized using an x-ray diffractometer, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Brunauer-Emmett-Teller surface area, field area scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy along with energy dispersion x-ray analyses. Sensor fabricated from pure gamma-Fe2O3 exhibited excellent ethanol sensing performance at concentrations down to 1 ppm, having a great demand in medical diagnosis and food-processing industries. The response observed for pure gamma-Fe2O3 (similar to 75% for 1 ppm ethanol) was enhanced similar to 10% after 1 wt.% Pt impregnation. Sensors were quite stable and selective towards ethanol vapour detection. A possible mechanism for high sensing performance has been discussed.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Electronics
Divisions: Sensor and Actuator
Depositing User: Bidhan Chaudhuri
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2018 07:15
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2018 07:15

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