Hierarchical hollow MoS2 microspheres as materials for conductometric NO2 gas sensors

Yixue Li, Zhongxiao Song, Yanan Li, Shuai Chen, Sha Li, Yanhuai Li, Hairong Wang, Zuankai Wang

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Surface structure control at the atomic scale is an efficient strategy for improving the performance of gas sensing. Herein, hierarchical hollow MoS2 microspheres with enhanced performance for NO2 gas sensing were synthesized via a facile hydrothermal method. The introduction of micro-nano hierarchical structure improved the exposure of active edge sites of MoS2, and the efficiency of gas and carriers exchange and transportation during the reaction, which synthetically contribute the sensing performance enhancement. With additional optimization of reaction conditions, the hierarchical hollow MoS2 microspheres show excellent sensing performance with 3.1 times enhancement compared with the contrast sample of smooth solid structure. The rapid and sensitive response, decreased working temperature, as well as the prominent selectivity, enable the material with attractive sensing performance for NO2 detection. This study provides new opportunities on the surface morphology control at both the micro- and nanoscale for enhancing the sensing performance of MoS2.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)259-267
Number of pages9
JournalSensors and Actuators, B: Chemical
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Gas sensor
  • Hierarchical structure
  • Hollow microspheres
  • MoS
  • NO

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Instrumentation
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Materials Chemistry


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