Low-energy consumption CuSCN-based ultra-low-ppb level ozone sensor, operating at room temperature

Emmanouil Gagaoudakis, Viktor Kampitakis, Marilena Moschogiannaki, Angeliki Sfakianou, Thomas D. Anthopoulos, Leonidas Tsetseris, George Kiriakidis, George Deligeorgis, Fabrice Iacovella, Vasileios Binas

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Ozone (O3) is one of the main indoor as well as environmental air pollutant, thus its detection is of great importance. As a result, plenty of materials have been tested as O3 gas sensing elements, over the last fifty years. In this work, the gas sensing performance of Copper (I) Thiocyanate (CuSCN) powder against O3, is presented. The structure of CuSCN powder was polycrystalline as revealed by the X-Ray Diffraction technique, while by employing optical absorption measurement the direct and indirect energy band gaps were calculated and found to be 3.72 eV and 3.48 eV, respectively. CuSCN powder was tested against O3 at different concentrations, showing a low detection limit of 15 ppb with a response of 1.06, at room temperature (25 °C), applying a very low input voltage of 0.1 V. Moreover, the corresponding response and recovery times were 137.4 s and 111 s, respectively, while it can successfully distinguish the different ozone concentrations in less than 20 s. The above-mentioned values make CuSCN a possible candidate material for ultra-low O3 concentration detection, at room temperature, with low-energy consumption.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)113462
JournalSensors and Actuators A: Physical
StatePublished - Feb 24 2022

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2022-03-10
Acknowledgements: The authors acknowledge support of this work by the project “National Research Infrastructure on Nanotechnology, Advanced Materials and Micro/Nanoelectronics” (MIS 5002772) which is implemented under the “Action for the Strategic Development on the Research and Technological Sector”, funded by the Operational Programme “Competitiveness, Entrepreneurship and Innovation” (NSRF 2014-2020) and co-financed by Greece and the European Union (European Regional Development Fund). The research work was also supported by the Hellenic Foundation for Research and Innovation (HFRI) under the HFRI PhD Fellowship grant (Fellowship Number: 1477).

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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