La2CuO4 sensing electrode configuration influence on sensitivity and selectivity for a multifunctional potentiometric gas sensor

Eric R. MacAm, Briggs M. White, Bryan M. Blackburn, Elisabetta Di Bartolomeo, Enrico Traversa, Eric D. Wachsman*

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The effects of electrical contact configuration for La2CuO 4 sensing electrodes for a planar-based potentiometric gas sensor were studied in order to further quantify the effects of processing on sensor performance. Five configurations of La2CuO4 were used for the sensing electrode. The La2CuO4 sensing electrode was screen printed opposite a Pt counter electrode on a tape cast YSZ electrolyte. Three sensors were prepared for each configuration to test repeatability. Each sensor was tested at temperatures from 400 to 700 °C at various concentrations of NO2, NO, and CO in an environment of 3% O 2 with a balance of N2. Results show that these sensors exhibit suitable sensitivity to all the gases tested. More importantly, it was shown that the sensitivity, selectivity/cross-sensitivity, and repeatability of these sensors are dependent on the sensing electrode configuration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)957-963
Number of pages7
JournalSensors and Actuators, B: Chemical
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 15 2011
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This material is based upon work supported under a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and United States Department of Energy contract DE-FG26-02NT41533 . This work was also partly funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) of Italy under the frame of the Italy–USA Joint Laboratory on “Nanomaterials for Hydrogen and Sustainable Energy”. The authors would also like to thank Laure Chevallier for valuable discussions.


  • CO
  • LaCuO
  • NO
  • Potentiometric gas sensor
  • Processing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Instrumentation
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Materials Chemistry


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