Dielectrophoretically assembled polymer nanowires for gas sensing

Yaping Dan, Yanyan Cao, Tom E. Mallouk, Alan T. Johnson, Stephane Evoy

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We measured the electronic properties and gas sensing response of nanowires containing segments of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)/poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT/PSS) that were synthesized using anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) membranes. The nanowires have a "striped" structure of gold-PEDOT/PSS-gold and are typically 8 μm long (1 μm-6 μm-1 μm for each section, respectively) and 220 nm in diameter. Dielectrophoretic assembly was used to position single nanowires on pre-fabricated gold electrodes. A polymer conductivity of 11.5 ± 0.7 S/cm and a contact resistance of 27.6 ± 4 kΩ were inferred from resistance measurements of nanowires of varying length and diameter. When used as gas sensors, the wires showed a resistance change of 10.5%, 9%, and 4% at the saturation vapor pressure of acetone, methanol and ethanol, respectively. Sensor response and recovery were rapid (seconds) with excellent reproducibility in time and across devices. "Striped" template-grown nanowires are thus intriguing candidates for use in electronic nose vapor sensing systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)55-59
Number of pages5
JournalSensors and Actuators, B: Chemical
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 16 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Instrumentation
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Materials Chemistry


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