Ammonia sensing performance of a platinum nanoparticle-decorated tungsten trioxide gas sensor

I. Ping Liu, Ching Hong Chang, Tzu Chieh Chou, Kun Wei Lin

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Platinum nanoparticles (Pt NPs) are decorated on a sputtered tungsten tri-oxide (WO3) thin film to fabricate a high-performance ammonia gas sensor. These Pt NPs are synthesized by drop coating combined with UV irradiation approaches. Compared to a sensor comprising pristine WO3 thin film, the studied Pt NP/WO3 device shows a significant improvement in ammonia sensing response. The experimental results indicate that a high sensing response of 26.9 is measured under 1000 ppm NH3/air gas at 250 °C. Furthermore, even at a low concentration of 1 ppm NH3/air, a good sensing response of 3.73 is acquired from this device. The superior performance is attributed mainly to the catalytic activity and increased surface-to-volume ratio of Pt NPs. The relevant ammonia sensing properties and thermodynamic characteristics are also investigated. In addition, the Pt NP/WO3 device demonstrated in this study has advantages including a simple structure, low cost, a relatively easy fabrication process, and a wide concentration detection range.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)148-154
Number of pages7
JournalSensors and Actuators, B: Chemical
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Jul 15

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Instrumentation
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Materials Chemistry


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