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The sensing properties of WO3-based gas sensors were evaluated at an operating temperature of 150 °C in the presence of different volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Simultaneously to the sensing tests, operando diffuse-reflectance infrared Fourier transform spectra were acquired. Remarkably, no CO2 generation was observed under gas exposure for any of the target VOCs. Catalytic combustion properties of the WO3 toward acetone and ethanol at temperatures from 150 to 400 °C, both in dry and humid atmospheres, were additionally performed. Such measurements confirmed that no combustion occurred for ethanol (up to at least 300 °C) while it became detectable for acetone only starting from 250 °C. The reaction products are acetaldehyde and acetate in the case of ethanol exposure and acetate and formate in the case of acetone exposure. The oxidation catalytic effect of WO3 was confirmed for both …
American Chemical Society
Publication date: 
1 Jan 2023

Erica A Schmitt, Mandy Krott, Mauro Epifani, Koichi Suematsu, Udo Weimar, Nicolae Barsan

Biblio References: 
The Journal of Physical Chemistry C