Surface acoustic wave NO2 sensors utilizing colloidal SnS quantum dot thin films

Hui Li, Min Li, Hao Kan, Chong Li, Aojie Quan, Chen Fu, Jingting Luo, Xueli Liu, Wen Wang, Zhengbao Yang, Qiuping Wei, Yong Qing Fu

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Colloidal quantum dots (CQDs) have shown their advantages in gas-sensing applications due to their extremely small particle size and facile solution based processes. In this study, a high sensitivity of surface acoustic wave (SAW) NO2 sensor was demonstrated using SnS CQDs as the sensing layer. The delay line based SAW device with a resonant frequency of 200 MHz were fabricated on ST-cut quartz substrate. The SnS CQDs with average sizes of 5.0 nm were synthesized and deposited onto SAW sensors using a spin-coating method. The fabricated SAW sensor was capable of detecting a low concentration of NO2 gas at room temperature with a good efficiency and selectivity e.g., with a 1.8 kHz decrease of center frequency of the SAW delay line when exposed to 10 ppm NO2 at room temperature.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)78-83
Number of pages6
JournalSurface and Coatings Technology
Early online date28 Jan 2019
Publication statusPublished - 25 Mar 2019


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