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Gas Sensors Based on α-Fe2O3 Nanorods, Nanotubes and Nanocubes

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Nanorods, nanotubes, and nanocubes of α-Fe2O3 were synthesized via a hydrothermal process and subsequent calcination treatment. The typical nanorod has about 71 nm in width, 7 nm in thickness, and 314 nm in length. The nanotube has outer diameter of 90–110 nm, inner diameter of 40–80 nm, and lengths of 250–400 nm. The nanocubes are rhombus cubes with an edge length of about 680 nm. The nanorods, nanotubes and nanocubes were fabricated into chemiresistive sensors. The responses (Ra /Rg ) of the nanotube sensor to ethanol, acetone, formaldehyde, and ammonia are greatly higher than those of the nanorod/the nanocube sensors. The nanotubes showed enhancing gas-sensitive properties. The responses of the nanotube sensor reached 75, 26, 6.8, 1.7 to 200 ppm acetone, ethanol, formaldehyde, and ammonia at 270 °C and a 30–45% relative humidity, respectively, which shows high selectivity. So the nanotubes are gas-sensing materials more excellent than nanorods and nanocubes.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 1, 2013

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  • Journal for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (JNN) is an international and multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal with a wide-ranging coverage, consolidating research activities in all areas of nanoscience and nanotechnology into a single and unique reference source. JNN is the first cross-disciplinary journal to publish original full research articles, rapid communications of important new scientific and technological findings, timely state-of-the-art reviews with author's photo and short biography, and current research news encompassing the fundamental and applied research in all disciplines of science, engineering and medicine.
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