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Special Issue, October 2007, pp. 140-146




The Development of Chemical Nanosensors


1A. J. JIN, *J. LI, *Y. LU

Hoda Globe Company, Engineering Division, 800 W El Camino Real,

Mountain View, CA 94042, USA.

*NASA, Ames Research Center, Mail Stop 230-3, Moffet Field, CA 94035, USA

Tel.: 001-650-853-3089

E-mail: aj.jin@ieee.org



Received: 17 September 2007   /Accepted: 19 September 2007   /Published: 8 October 2007


Abstract: This paper presents a study of the chemical nanosensors (CNS) for space and environmental applications, safety alert devices, etc. The high-resolution nanosensors are applied to detect the rocket fuel hydrazine leak. The CNS detects changes in the electrical conductivity response during the chemical species presence. When the hydrazine is leaked into air, it immediately dissociates into NO2. As a result, we are actually detecting the NO2 gas in the trace amount from the fuel leakage. In more detail, we will discuss the sensor chips preparation and process control in terms of the resistance range control while depositing the nanomaterials on the sensors. Furthermore, there will be detailed studies of the CNS response to the dry NO2 in the ambient conditions. The inter-digitized electrode sensors are characterized to the variables of NO2 concentration and nanomaterials.


Keywords: Chemical nano sensors, Hydrazine, Nano technology, Nanosensor stability


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