Highly sensitive and wearable gas sensors consisting of chemically functionalized graphene oxide assembled on cotton yarn†
Highly sensitive and wearable chemical sensors for the detection of toxic gas molecules are given significant attention for a variety of applications in human health care and environmental safety. Herein, we demonstrated fiber-type gas sensors based on graphene oxide functionalized with organic molecules such as heptafluorobutylamine (HFBA), 1-(2-methoxyphenyl)piperazine (MPP), and 4-(2-keto-1-benzimidazolinyl)piperidine (KBIP) by assembling functionalized graphene oxide (FGO) on a single yarn fabric. These gas sensors of FGO on yarn exhibited extraordinarily higher sensitivity upon exposure to gas molecules than chemically reduced graphene oxide due to many active functional groups on the GO surface. Furthermore, the mechanical stability and chemical durability of the resulting gas sensors are well-maintained. Based on these results, we expected that our sensors with high sensitive and wearability will provide a good premise for wearable chemical sensors-based multidisciplinary applications.