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Mesoporous Thin-Film on Highly-Sensitive Resonant Chemical Sensor for Relative Humidity and CO2 Detection

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posted on 03.04.2012, 00:00 by Hyunjoo J. Lee, Kwan Kyu Park, Mario Kupnik, Nicholas A. Melosh, Butrus T. Khuri-Yakub
Distributed sensing of gas-phase chemicals is a promising application for mesoporous materials when combined with highly sensitive miniaturized gas sensors. We present a direct application of a mesoporous silica thin film on a highly sensitive miniaturized resonant chemical sensor with a mass sensitivity at the zeptogram scale for relative humidity and CO2 detection. Using mesoporous silica thin-film, we report one of the lowest volume resolutions and a sensitive detection of 5.1 × 10–4% RH/Hz to water vapor in N2, which is 70 times higher than a device with a nontemplated silica layer. In addition, a mesoporous thin-film that is functionalized with an amino-group is directly applied on the resonant sensor, which exhibits a volume sensitivity of 1.6 × 10–4%/Hz and a volume resolution of 1.82 × 10–4% to CO2 in N2.