Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Electronics

, Volume 29, Issue 22, pp 19219–19227 | Cite as

Strongly coupled Ag/TiO2 heterojunction: from one-step facile synthesis to effective and stable ethanol sensing performances

  • Zhong Li
  • Azhar Ali HaidryEmail author
  • YouSong Liu
  • LinChao Sun
  • LiJuan Xie
  • Qawareer Fatima
  • ZhengJun YaoEmail author


The development of cost-effective simple methods to fabricate nanocomposites based on metal oxide (MOX) supported noble metals with improved performance is extremely demanding, specifically in the field of nanomaterial and gas sensor. In this this work, a facile one-step hydrothermal strategy to synthesize strongly-coupled TiO2 nanosheets supported with Ag nanoparticles (Ag/TiO2 heterojunction nanocomposites) is proposed, which is proved of high effectiveness for sensor applications. The structure and morphology of synthesized nanocomposites was performed by XRD, XPS, HRTEM, UV–Vis and PL spectroscopy. Compared to pristine TiO2, the sensors based on such Ag/TiO2 heterojunction nanocomposites show excellent ethanol gas sensing properties in terms of high sensitivity (8.5 towards 100 ppm), selectivity against other gases (methanal, acetone, and methanol), short response/recover times (9/10 s), and high stability (present stable response after 30 days). Such performance demonstrates this material is promising for practical gas sensor applications.



This work was supported by “Priority Academic Program Development of Jiangsu Higher Education Institutions” (PAPD), “Natural Science Foundation of Jiangsu Province” (BK20170795), “Six Talent Peaks Project of Jiangsu Province” (YPC16005-PT), “Postgraduate Research and Practice Innovation Program of Jiangsu Province” (KYCX_0255).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Materials Science and TechnologyNanjing University of Aeronautics and AstronauticsNanjingChina
  2. 2.Key Laboratory of Materials Preparation and Protection for Harsh EnvironmentMinistry of Industry and Information TechnologyNanjingChina
  3. 3.Institute of Chemical MaterialsChina Academy of Engineering PhysicsMianyangChina

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