Graphene-coated Rayleigh SAW resonators for NO2detection

S. Thomas, Marina Cole, ANDREA DE LUCA, F. Torrisi, A. C. Ferrari, F. Udrea, Julian W Gardner

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    This paper describes the development of a novel low-cost Rayleigh Surface Acoustic Wave Resonator (SAWR) device coated with a graphene layer that is capable of detecting PPM levels of NO2in air. The sensor comprises two 262 MHz ST-cut quartz based Rayleigh SAWRs arranged in a dual oscillator configuration; where one resonator is coated with gas-sensitive graphene, and the other left uncoated to act as a reference. An array of NMP-dispersed exfoliated reduced graphene oxide dots was deposited in the active area inside the SAWR IDTs by a non-contacting, micro ink-jet printing system. An automated Mass Flow Controller system has been developed that delivers gases to the SAWR sensors with circuitry for excitation, amplification, buffering and signal read-out. This SAW-based graphene sensor has sensitivity to NO2of ca. 25 Hz/ppm and could be implemented in a low-power low-cost gas sensor.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)999-1002
    Number of pages4
    JournalProcedia Engineering
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

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    • Dual saw
    • Graphene oxide
    • NO2detection
    • Saw resonator
    • Surface acoustic sensor


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