, Volume 47, Issue 8, pp 1026–1030 | Cite as

Study of the effect of the acid-base surface properties of ZnO, Fe2O3 and ZnFe2O4 oxides on their gas sensitivity to ethanol vapor

  • S. S. KarpovaEmail author
  • V. A. Moshnikov
  • A. I. Maksimov
  • S. V. Mjakin
  • N. E. Kazantseva
Surfaces, Interfaces, and Thin Films


Binary (ZnO, Fe2O3) and ternary (ZnFe2O4) gas-sensitive oxide materials are synthesized, and the correlation between their sensitivity to ethanol vapor and the functional chemical composition of the surface is studied by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and by the technique of the adsorption of acid-base indicators. It is found that the sensitivity to ethanol increases with increasing content of Brönsted acid sites with the acidity index pK a ≈ 2.5 and with increasing percentage of surface oxygen involved in OH/CO3/C-O groups. This interrelation is attributed to the specific features of interaction between ethanol molecules and hydroxyl groups on the surface of the oxides.


Acid Site Zinc Oxide Surface Group Zinc Ferrite Ethanol Vapor 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. S. Karpova
    • 1
    Email author
  • V. A. Moshnikov
    • 1
  • A. I. Maksimov
    • 1
  • S. V. Mjakin
    • 2
  • N. E. Kazantseva
    • 3
  1. 1.St. Petersburg State Electrotechnical University “LETI”St. PetersburgRussia
  2. 2.St. Petersburg State Institute of Technology (Technical University)St. PetersburgRussia
  3. 3.Tomas Bata University in ZlinZlinCzech Republic

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