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Issue 41, 2013
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Synthesis of Au decorated SnO2 mesoporous spheres with enhanced gas sensing performance

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Abstract

Au decorated mesoporous SnO2 spheres with a size range of 400–700 nm have been synthesized for gas sensing. Specifically, the mesoporous SnO2 spheres were fabricated through a solvothermal route followed by a thermal treatment process. The surface area of the mesoporous SnO2 spheres is 78.2 m2 g−1 and the pore size is ca. 10 nm. After being decorated by Au, the Au nanoparticles with sizes of ca. 5 nm were deposited on the surface and the inner wall of pores. Gas sensing tests showed that the Au decorated SnO2 mesoporous spheres exhibited superior gas sensing performances to CO and H2 in terms of high sensitivity and fast response and recovery speed, mainly attributed to the facts that the SnO2 mesoporous structure provides a high reaction surface area and abundant mesochannels for the probe gas and oxygen, and Au nanoparticles act as the catalyst to improve the reaction rate of the probe gas molecules with the oxygen ions.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis of Au decorated SnO2 mesoporous spheres with enhanced gas sensing performance

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Article information


Submitted
28 Jun 2013
Accepted
12 Aug 2013
First published
13 Aug 2013

RSC Adv., 2013,3, 19002-19008
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Synthesis of Au decorated SnO2 mesoporous spheres with enhanced gas sensing performance

X. Wang, S. Qiu, C. He, G. Lu, W. Liu and J. Liu, RSC Adv., 2013, 3, 19002
DOI: 10.1039/C3RA43266A

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