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Proceedings 2017, 1(4), 460;

Influence of Metal Catalyst on SnO2 Nanowires Growth and Gas Sensing Performance

SENSOR Laboratory, University of Brescia and CNR-INO, Via D. Valotti 9, 25133 Brescia, Italy
National Institute of Material Physics, Atomistilor Str. 105bis, Magurele, 077125 Bucharest, Romania
CNR-IBBR Via Madonna del Piano 10, Sesto Fiorentino, Firenze, Italy
Presented at the Eurosensors 2017 Conference, Paris, France, 3–6 September 2017.
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Published: 11 August 2017
(This article belongs to the Proceedings of Eurosensors 2017)
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In the present work SnO2 nanowires were synthetized by using vapour-liquid-solid technique (VLS) on alumina substrates, using different metal nanoparticles as catalyst for the growth. In particular, the effect of Au, Sn and Pd nanoparticles was exploited. The growth was performed simultaneously on all substrates, keeping the same conditions for the three different catalysts used. Nanowires were investigated by FE-SEM, HR-TEM, and XRD measurements, confirming the morphology and the crystalline structure of the material. Moreover, conductometric sensing devices were fabricated depositing electrodes on top of these materials, and chemical sensing performances were evaluated toward some typical air pollutants.
Keywords: metal oxide nanowires; chemical sensors; tin oxide metal oxide nanowires; chemical sensors; tin oxide
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Zappa, D.; Melloni, R.; Maraloiu, V.-A.; Poli, N.; Rizzoni, M.; Sberveglieri, V.; Sisman, O.; Soprani, M.; Comini, E. Influence of Metal Catalyst on SnO2 Nanowires Growth and Gas Sensing Performance. Proceedings 2017, 1, 460.

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