Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry

, Volume 411, Issue 9, pp 1761–1787 | Cite as

Gas sensors based on mass-sensitive transducers part 1: transducers and receptors—basic understanding

  • Alexandru OpreaEmail author
  • Udo Weimar


The scientific interest in gas sensors is continuously increasing because of their environmental, medical, industrial, and domestic applications. This has resulted in an increasing number of investigations being reported in the literature and communicated at conferences. The present review, organized in two parts, addresses the peculiarities of gas sensors based on mass-sensitive transducers, starting with their structure and functionality and progressing to implementation and specific use. In this first part of the review, we discuss the constructional peculiarities and operation regions and the physical and chemical processes governing the reception and transduction functions and the way in which they influence the sensor sensing parameters/features. Scientific outcomes and trends in research into gas sensors based on mass sensitive transducers are also considered.


Gravimetric gas sensors Mass-sensitive transducers Sensing interactions Sensing materials 


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The authors declare that they have no competing interests.

Research involving humans and/or animals

The article is a review and involved no humans or animals in investigations performed by the authors themselves.


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