SnO<sub>2</sub> nanocrystals were prepared by injecting a hydrolyzed methanol solution of SnCl<sub>4</sub> into a tetradecene solution of dodecylamine. The resulting materials were annealed at 500 °C, providing 6-8 nm nanocrystals. The latter were used for fabricating NO<sub>2</sub> gas sensing devices, which displayed remarkable electrical responses to as low as 100 ppb NO<sub>2</sub> concentration. The nanocrystals were characterized by conductometric measurements, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR), and cathodoluminescence (CL) spectroscopy. The results, interpreted by means of molecular modeling in the frame of the density functional theory (DFT), indicated that the nanocrystals contain topographically well-defined surface oxygen vacancies. The chemisorption properties of these vacancies, studied by DFT modeling of the NO<sub>2</sub>/SnO<sub>2</sub> interaction, suggested that the in-plane vacancies facilitate the NO<sub>2</sub> adsorption at low operating temperatures, while the bridging vacancies, generated by heat treatment at 500 °C, enhance the charge transfer from the surface to the adsorbate. The behavior of the oxygen vacancies in the adsorption properties revealed a gas response mechanism in oxide nanocrystals more complex than the size dependence alone. In particular, the nanocrystals surface must be characterized by enhanced transducing properties for obtaining relevant gas responses. © 2008 American Chemical Society.
Epifani, M., Prades, J.D., Comini, E., Pellicer, E., Avella, M., Siciliano, P., et al. (2008). The role of surface oxygen vacancies in the NO2 sensing properties of SnO2 nanocrystals. JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY. C, 112(49), 19540-19546.
|Citazione:||Epifani, M., Prades, J.D., Comini, E., Pellicer, E., Avella, M., Siciliano, P., et al. (2008). The role of surface oxygen vacancies in the NO2 sensing properties of SnO2 nanocrystals. JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY. C, 112(49), 19540-19546.|
|Tipo:||Articolo in rivista - Articolo scientifico|
|Carattere della pubblicazione:||Scientifica|
|Titolo:||The role of surface oxygen vacancies in the NO2 sensing properties of SnO2 nanocrystals|
|Autori:||Epifani, M; Prades, JD; Comini, E; Pellicer, E; Avella, M; Siciliano, P; Faglia, G; Cirera, A; Scotti, R; Morazzoni, F; Morante, JR|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2008|
|Rivista:||JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY. C|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/jp804916g|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su rivista|