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Colloidal quantum dots (CQDs) have been recently investigated as promising building blocks for low-cost and high-performance gas sensors due to their large effective surface-to-volume ratio and their suitability for versatile functionalization through surface chemistry. In this work we report on lead sulphide CQDs based sensors for room temperature NO 2 detection. The sensor response has been measured for different pollutant gases including NO 2, CH 4, CO and CO 2 and for different concentrations in the 2.8–100 ppm range. For the first time, the influence of the QDs film thickness on the sensor response has been investigated and optimized. Upon 30 ppm NO 2 release, the best room temperature gas response is about 14 Ω/Ω, with response and recovery time of 12 s and 26 min, respectively. A detection limit of about 0.15 ppb was estimated from the slope of the sensor response and its electric noise. The gas …
Nature Publishing Group
Publication date: 
28 Jul 2020

Federica Mitri, Andrea De Iacovo, Massimiliano De Luca, Alessandro Pecora, Lorenzo Colace

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Volume: 10 Issue: 1 Pages: 1-9
Scientific Reports