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A Novel Alcohol Detector Based on ZrO2-Doped SnO2 Electrospun Nanofibers

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To overcome the interference of acetone when detecting alcohol, a novel alcohol detector based on zirconia-doped SnO2 nanofibers were fabricated through electrospinning technique and calcination process. The samples have been characterized by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and their gas sensing properties have also been investigated. When exposed to alcohol vapor, the nanofibers containing 15 mol% zirconia exhibit the best sensing properties. Moreover, the sensor holds the successful discrimination between acetone and alcohol, which makes our product a good candidate in fabricating highly selective sensors in practice.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1551-2916.2009.03480.x

Affiliations: 1: Alan G. MacDiarmid Institute, Jilin University, Changchun 130012, China 2: College of Physics, Jilin University, Changchun 130012, China

Publication date: March 1, 2010

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