Humidity Dependence of Commercial Thick and Thin-Film MOX Gas Sensors under UV Illumination
Enhancing the performance of a chemo-resistive gas sensor is often challenging due to environmental humidity influencing its sensitivity and baseline resistance. One of the most promising ways of overcoming this challenge is through ultraviolet (UV) illumination of the sensing material. Most research has focused on using UV with in-house developed sensors, which has limited their widespread use. In this work, we have evaluated if UV can enhance the performance of commercially available
... gas sensors. The performance of five different MOX sensors has been evaluated, specifically SGX Microtech MiCS6814 (thin-film triple sensor), FIGARO TGS2620 (n-type thick film), and Alphasense VOC sensor (p-type thick film). These sensors were tested towards isobutylene gas under UV light at different wavelengths (UV-278 nm and UV-365 nm) to investigate its effect on humidity, sensitivity, baseline drift, and recovery time of each sensor. We found the response time of thin-film sensors for reducing gases was improved by 70 s under UV- 365 nm at normal operating temperatures. In addition, all the sensors were left in a dirty environment and the humid-gas testing was repeated. However, due to their robust design, the sensitivity and baseline drift of all the sensors remained the same. This indicates that UV has only limited uses with commercial gas sensors.