Hydrogen gas sensor based on mesoporous In2O3 with fast response/recovery and ppb level detection limit

Zhijie Li, Shengnan Yan, Zhonglin Wu, Hao Li, Junqiang Wang, Wenzhong Shen, Zhiguo Wang, Yong Qing Fu

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Abstract

Hydrogen gas sensors were fabricated using mesoporous In2O3 synthesized using hydrothermal reaction and calcination processes. Their best performance for the hydrogen detection was found at a working temperature of 260 oC with a high response of 18.0 toward 500 ppm hydrogen, fast response/recovery times (e.g. 1.7 s/1.5 s for 500 ppm hydrogen), and a low detection limit down to 10 ppb. Using air as the carrier gas, the mesoporous In2O3 sensors exhibited good reversibility and repeatability towards hydrogen gas. They also showed a good selectivity for hydrogen compared to other commonly investigated gases including NH3, CO, ethyl alcohol, ethyl acetate, styrene, CH2Cl2 and formaldehyde. In addition, the sensors showed good long-term stability. The good sensing performance of these hydrogen sensors is attributed to the formation of mesoporous structures, large specific surface areas and numerous chemisorbed oxygen ions on the surfaces of the mesoporous In2O3.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)22746-22755
JournalInternational Journal of Hydrogen Energy
Volume43
Issue number50
Early online date5 Nov 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 Dec 2018

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