Inverse modeling of CO reactions at SnO2 nanowire surfaces for selective detection

G. Tulzer, S. Baumgartner, E. Brunet, G. C. Mutinati, S. Steinhauer, A. Köck, C. Heitzinger A

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Nanowire gas sensors show high sensitivity towards various gases and offer great potential to improve present gas sensing. In this work, we investigate experimental results achieved with an undoped single SnO2 nanowire sensor device for CO pulses in N2 atmosphere at different operating temperatures. We calculated the reaction parameters according to the mass action law including frequency factors, activation energies, and numbers of intrinsic as well as extrinsic surface sites. With the values obtained, we then calculated the surface charge of the nanowire sensor by solving the corresponding differential equations. The simulated results agree very well with the experimental values at an operating temperature of 200°C and hence provide good understanding of the chemical reaction. This can be used to simulate the current through the transducer and consequently the sensitivity of the device, and the parameters provided here are useful for computational procedures to provide selectivity.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProcedia Engineering
PublisherElsevier BV
Number of pages4
StatePublished - Nov 2 2012
Externally publishedYes


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