Electro-deposition of gold nano-structures on gold Quartz Crystal Microbalance (QCM) electrodes for enhanced mercury vapour sensitivity in the presence of interferent gases

Ylias M. Sabri, Samuel J. Ippolito, James Tardio, Dinesh K. Sood, Suresh K. Bhargava
2008 2008 International Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology  
Gold electrode Quartz Crystal Microbalances (QCMs) were used as transducing platform to detect and sense elemental mercury (Hg) in gas phase. The enhanced sensitivity, resulting form the electro-deposition of gold nano-structures on the surface is shown to increase the response magnitude (RM) of the sensors in the presence of ammonia and humidity interference. The concentration of NH 3 and H 2 O was varied in the range 590 to 1770mg/m 3 and 4.2 to 10.4mg/m 3 , respectively. A constant gas flow
more » ... constant gas flow of 200sccm, balanced in nitrogen was used as the carrier gas. The RM for Hg was enhanced by creating nanostructures on the sensor's gold electrodes via electro-deposition of gold in a lead acetate electrolyte. The results presented are a critical step in the development of a cheap regenerable and reliable sensor for measuring Hg in the presence of interferents gases commonly found in industrial applications.
doi:10.1109/iconn.2008.4639248 fatcat:av45qtjz7vhbbenfgnmqkpv4me