Acetone sensing using graphene quantum capacitance varactors

Rui Ma, Qun Su, Jing Li, Steven J. Koester

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Sensing of acetone using the quantum capacitance in graphene is demonstrated. The sensor was constructed by using graphene as the top electrode in a metal-oxide-graphene variable capacitor (varactor) structure. The relative capacitance change was found to vary with acetone concentration with a relative capacitance sensitivity, ΔC/C of 1.29 ± 0.04 × 10-4 % / ppmv. The sensor was also found to have 3x enhanced sensitivity in dry air compared to N2 and showed excellent reversibility. The results represent the first step toward the realization of passive, wireless acetone sensors using graphene varactors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIEEE Sensors, SENSORS 2016 - Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781479982875
StatePublished - Jan 5 2016
Event15th IEEE Sensors Conference, SENSORS 2016 - Orlando, United States
Duration: Oct 30 2016Nov 2 2016

Publication series

NameProceedings of IEEE Sensors
ISSN (Print)1930-0395
ISSN (Electronic)2168-9229


Other15th IEEE Sensors Conference, SENSORS 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States

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  • acetone
  • graphene
  • quantum capacitance
  • varactor


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