A Planar Gas Sensor Combined with Interdigitated Array Electrodes

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Generally, the gap and width of the electrodes should be small in order to generate a large number of redox cycles. However, it was difficult to fabricate finepatterns on the gas-permeable membrane, because the membrane was flexible and its surface was not flat. On the other hand, it is already possible to fabricate fineIDA patterns on a hard and flat substrate and are already being marketed. However, if these electrodes fabricated on substrate are set in an electrolyte solution, they do not come into contact with the membrane.Therefore, it is said that the sensitivity and response speed are poor. Accordingly, we experimented with a new method of applying IDA electrodes to a gas-sens ing system. We call it a planar IDA gas sensor. A piece of filter paper containing an electrolyte solution was put on IDA electrodes, which were fabricated on a glass substrate. This gas sensor was very easy to construct. A similar planar sensor had been reported foramperometric sensing of oxygen.9 It was developed as a low-cost and disposable sensor, and applied to glucose sensing. A planar sensor is expected to be more useful in complicated detection systems i.e. using IDA electrodes, which was confirmed after being used in a hydrogen-detection system.


  • Analytical Sciences  

    Analytical Sciences 15(1), 87-89, 1999-01 

    Japan Society for Analytical Chemistry

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