High Oxygen Sensitivity of Nanocrystalline Ceria Prepared by Thermochemical Process

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Nanostructured CeO2 powder was synthesized by a thermochemical process and its applicability as an oxygen gas sensor was investigated. An amorphous precursor was prepared by spray drying a cerium-nitrate solution and then heat-treated in air to induce evaporation of volatile components from the precursor powder, which then forms nanostructured ceria. The powder produced possessed a loose agglomerated structure with extremely fine CeO2 particles about 15 nm in size, resulting in a very high specific surface area (110 m2/g). The average grain size of a specimen sintered from the ceria powder at 1000 oC was about 40 nm, and its oxygen sensitivity n (logσ  log(PO2 /Po)-n) was about 1/4 at 600 oC. The response time t90, time for responding to a change of oxygen partial pressure, of the specimens sintered at 800 ~ 1100 oC was very short, i.e., 3 ~ 5 seconds: The signal output was almost identical and uniformly repeated in a stable manner.

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Materials Science Forum (Volumes 534-536)

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Duk Yong Yoon, Suk-Joong L. Kang, Kwang Yong Eun and Yong-Seog Kim

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61-64

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D.W. Lee et al., "High Oxygen Sensitivity of Nanocrystalline Ceria Prepared by Thermochemical Process", Materials Science Forum, Vols. 534-536, pp. 61-64, 2007

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January 2007

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