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Acidic ZSM-5 zeolite-coated long period fiber grating for optical sensing of ammonia

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A ZSM-5 zeolite thin film with Si/Al ratio of about 23 has been grown on a long period fiber grating (LPFG) for optical gas sensing by monitoring its resonance wavelength (λR) shift caused by molecular sorption into the zeolite cavity. The sensing selectivity, sensitivity and speed of response of the zeolite-coated LPFG (Z-LPFG) are determined by the adsorption equilibria and transport properties of the analyte molecules in the zeolite pores. The ZSM-5 zeolite was modified through ammonium ion exchange and subsequent calcination to form acidic ZSM-5 (H-ZSM-5). The surface acidified Z-LPFG (HZ-LPFG) achieved dramatically improved sensitivity and selectivity for detecting ammonia gas. Also, increasing operation temperature improves sensing selectivity for the strongly adsorbing ammonia over weakly adsorbing gases and enhances response speed but compromises detection sensitivity due to reduced amount of adsorption for ammonia.

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The article was received on 03 Aug 2010, accepted on 30 Sep 2010 and first published on 22 Oct 2010


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C0JM02523B
Citation: J. Mater. Chem., 2011,21, 181-186
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    Acidic ZSM-5 zeolite-coated long period fiber grating for optical sensing of ammonia

    X. Tang, J. Provenzano, Z. Xu, J. Dong, H. Duan and H. Xiao, J. Mater. Chem., 2011, 21, 181
    DOI: 10.1039/C0JM02523B

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