In this series of two papers, the humidity sensing of a carbon nanotube (CNT) network-based material is transduced and studied through quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) measurements. To this aim, quartzes functionalized with different amounts of sensing material were realized, exposed to different humidity levels, and characterized. In this second paper, the experimental results are presented and discussed. The sensing mechanisms are elucidated exploiting the theory presented in the first paper of this series. The presented results show that the investigated material functionalization induces a large response of QCM to humidity in terms of resonant frequency even at low RH levels, with a sensitivity of about 12 Hz/%RH (at RH < 30% and room temperature and 10 ug of deposited SWCNT solution) and an increase in sensitivity in the high RH range typical of nanostructured film. Regarding the response in terms of motional resistance, a large response is obtained only at intermediate and high humidity levels, confirming that condensation of water in the film plays an important role in the sensing mechanism of nanostructured materials.

Fort, A., Lo Grasso, A., Mugnaini, M., Panzardi, E., Parri, L., Vignoli, V., et al. (2022). QCM Measurements of RH with Nanostructured Carbon-Based Materials: Part 2-Experimental Characterization. CHEMOSENSORS, 10(8) [10.3390/chemosensors10080320].

QCM Measurements of RH with Nanostructured Carbon-Based Materials: Part 2-Experimental Characterization

Fort A.;Mugnaini M.;Panzardi E.
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Parri L.;Vignoli V.;Viti C.;
2022

Abstract

In this series of two papers, the humidity sensing of a carbon nanotube (CNT) network-based material is transduced and studied through quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) measurements. To this aim, quartzes functionalized with different amounts of sensing material were realized, exposed to different humidity levels, and characterized. In this second paper, the experimental results are presented and discussed. The sensing mechanisms are elucidated exploiting the theory presented in the first paper of this series. The presented results show that the investigated material functionalization induces a large response of QCM to humidity in terms of resonant frequency even at low RH levels, with a sensitivity of about 12 Hz/%RH (at RH < 30% and room temperature and 10 ug of deposited SWCNT solution) and an increase in sensitivity in the high RH range typical of nanostructured film. Regarding the response in terms of motional resistance, a large response is obtained only at intermediate and high humidity levels, confirming that condensation of water in the film plays an important role in the sensing mechanism of nanostructured materials.
Fort, A., Lo Grasso, A., Mugnaini, M., Panzardi, E., Parri, L., Vignoli, V., et al. (2022). QCM Measurements of RH with Nanostructured Carbon-Based Materials: Part 2-Experimental Characterization. CHEMOSENSORS, 10(8) [10.3390/chemosensors10080320].
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