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Cerium Oxide-Tungsten Oxide Core-Shell Nanowire-Based Microsensors Sensitive to Acetone

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Instituto de Microelectrónica de Barcelona (IMB-CNM, CSIC), Campus UAB, 08193 Bellaterra, Spain
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CEITEC-Central European Institute of Technology, Brno University of Technology, 61200 Brno, Czech Republic
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Biosensors 2018, 8(4), 116; https://doi.org/10.3390/bios8040116
Received: 31 October 2018 / Revised: 17 November 2018 / Accepted: 19 November 2018 / Published: 23 November 2018
Gas sensitive cerium oxide-tungsten oxide core-shell nanowires are synthesized and integrated directly into micromachined platforms via aerosol assisted chemical vapor deposition. Tests to various volatile organic compounds (acetone, ethanol, and toluene) involved in early disease diagnosis demonstrate enhanced sensitivity to acetone for the core-shell structures in contrast to the non-modified materials (i.e., only tungsten oxide or cerium oxide). This is attributed to the high density of oxygen vacancy defects at the shell, as well as the formation of heterojunctions at the core-shell interface, which provide the modified nanowires with ‘extra’ chemical and electronic sensitization as compared to the non-modified materials. View Full-Text
Keywords: gas sensors; volatile organic compounds (VOCs); acetone; metal oxides; heterojunctions gas sensors; volatile organic compounds (VOCs); acetone; metal oxides; heterojunctions
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Tomić, M.; Šetka, M.; Chmela, O.; Gràcia, I.; Figueras, E.; Cané, C.; Vallejos, S. Cerium Oxide-Tungsten Oxide Core-Shell Nanowire-Based Microsensors Sensitive to Acetone. Biosensors 2018, 8, 116.

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