Integrating Electrochemical and Colorimetric Sensors with a Webcam Readout for Multiple Gas Detection

Xingcai Qin, Jingjing Yu, Mengchi Jiao, Xiaonan Shan, Xiaojun Xian, Di Wang, Nongjian Tao

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Multisensor detectors have merits of low cost, compact size, and capability of supplying accurate and reliable information otherwise hard to obtain by any single sensors. They are therefore highly desired in various applications. Despite the advantages and needs, they face great challenges in technique especially when integrating sensors with different sensing principles. To bridge the gap between the demand and technique, we here demonstrated an integration of electrochemical and colorimetric sensors with a webcam readout for multiple gas detection. Designed with two parallel gas channels but independent sensor cells, the dual-sensor detector could simultaneously detect each gas from their gas mixture by analysis of the group photo of the two sensors. Using Ag electro-dissolution as reporter, the bipolar electrochemical sensor achieved quantitative analysis for the first time thanks to application of pulse voltage. The sacrificed Ag layer used in the bipolar electrochemical (EC) sensor was recycled from CD, which further decreased the sensor cost and supplied a new way of CD recycling. The EC O2 sensor response, edge displacement of Ag layer due to electrochemical dissolution, has a linear relationship with O2 concentration ranging from 0 to 30% and has good selectivity to common oxidative gases. The colorimetric NO2 sensor linearly responded to NO2 concentrations ranging from 0 to 230 ppb with low detection limit of 10 ppb, good selectivity, and humidity tolerance. This integration method could be extended to integrating other gas sensors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)799-805
Number of pages7
JournalAnalytical Chemistry
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 7 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry


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