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A Quartz Crystal Microbalance-Based Sensor System Coated with Functional Polymers for SO2 and NO2 Detection

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In this work, a quartz crystal microbalance (QCM)-based adsorption sensor system with high sensitivity, selectivity, and reproducibility is designed and fabricated. The functional polymers such as polypyrrole, poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT), and polystyrene are coated on 8 MHz AT-cut quartz crystal surfaces as sensing materials for SO2 and NO2. All sensing materials on the QCM surface are characterized experimentally by SEM and AFM. The frequency shifts of the QCM by adsorption and desorption of gases are measured and analyzed to assess the practical applicability of the sensor system. The overall results show that the QCM coated with polypyrrole is highly selective for SO2 gas and that coated with PEDOT is for NO2. It is proven that the QCM-based adsorption sensor system is possible for monitoring SO2 and NO2 gases in the mixture of ppm level.


Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2011-08-01

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