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Broadband Dielectric Spectroscopic Detection of Ethanol: A Side-by-Side Comparison of ZnO and HKUST-1 MOFs as Sensing Media

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Author(s)

Papa Amoah, zeinab Hassan, Pengtao Lin, Engelbert Redel, Helmut Baumgart, Yaw S. Obeng

Abstract

We leverage thermal- and chemical-induced changes in microwave propagation characteristics (i.e., S-parameters) to compare ZnO and surface anchored metal-organic-framework (HKUST-1 MOF) thin films as sensing materials for detecting ethanol vapor (VOC). We show that the microwave propagation technique can detect ethanol, a typical volatile organic compound, at relatively low temperatures (< 100 °C), as well as afford new mechanistic insights that are inaccessible with the traditional dc resistance-based measurements. In addition, the metrology technique avoids the inimical measurand distortions due to parasitic electrical effects inherent in the conductometric volatile organic compound detection. The most common gas sensors are based on chemically induced changes in electrical resistivity and necessarily involve making imperfect electrical contacts to the sensing materials which introduce errors into the measurements.
Citation
Chemosensors
Volume
10
Issue
7

Keywords

Broadband dielectric spectroscopy, ZnO, Metal-organic-framework (MOF), ethanol vapor detection

Citation

Amoah, P. , Hassan, Z. , Lin, P. , Redel, E. , Baumgart, H. and Obeng, Y. (2022), Broadband Dielectric Spectroscopic Detection of Ethanol: A Side-by-Side Comparison of ZnO and HKUST-1 MOFs as Sensing Media, Chemosensors, [online], https://doi.org/10.3390/chemosensors10070241, https://tsapps.nist.gov/publication/get_pdf.cfm?pub_id=934630 (Accessed August 10, 2022)
Created June 25, 2022, Updated June 27, 2022