Modeling nanoscale gas sensors under realistic conditions: Computational screening of metal-doped carbon nanotubes

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Abstract

We use computational screening to systematically investigate the use of transition-metal-doped carbon nanotubes for chemical-gas sensing. For a set of relevant target molecules (CO, NH3, and H2S) and the main components of air (N2, O2, and H2O), we calculate the binding energy and change in conductance upon adsorption on a metal atom occupying a vacancy of a (6,6) carbon nanotube. Based on these descriptors, we identify the most promising dopant candidates for detection of a given target molecule. From the fractional coverage of the metal sites in thermal equilibrium with air, we estimate the change in the nanotube resistance per doping site as a function of the target molecule concentration assuming charge transport in the diffusive regime. Our analysis points to Ni-doped nanotubes as candidates for CO sensors working under typical atmospheric conditions.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPhysical Review B Condensed Matter
Volume81
Issue number24
Pages (from-to)245429
ISSN0163-1829
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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