Gas Sensor Investigations in Characterizing Textile Fibres

  • N. Felde
  • D. Kohl
Part of the Springer Series on Chemical Sensors and Biosensors book series (SSSENSORS, volume 11)


The response of tin oxide and tungsten oxide sensor elements to the volatiles of heated polymer fibres of textile fabrics was investigated. As an example, polyethylene terephthalate (PET) fibres covered with finish were chosen. Both the contributions to the sensor signal from the fibre and the finish are discussed. All compounds originating from the fibres contain at least one aromatic ring, the dominating components are benzoic acid, phenol, and 1-phenyl-1,2-propandion. The finish contributes with several aliphatic aldehydes and ketones of chain lengths from 5 to 19 carbon atoms. Rings with five carbon atoms are also due to the finish. The investigated tin oxide sensor and one of the tungsten oxide sensors respond only to one decomposition compound of the fibres, namely to 1-phenyl-1,2-propandion. The second investigated tungsten oxide sensor does not respond to any PET decomposition product. However, all sensors react with high signals to decomposition compounds of the finish.


Gas chromatography Phenyl-propandion Polymer pyrolysis Tin oxide sensor Tungsten oxide sensor 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Applied PhysicsUniversity of GiessenGiessenGermany

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