Design of a system used for characterizing gas sensing materials is described. It is distinctive of being able to measure electrical and optical responses of a sample simultaneously, control a number of measurement parameters, perform fast exchange of gaseous environment, and be fully controlled automatically. These features make the system to be versatile in determining most concerned performance indexes of a gas sensing material (e.g., sensitivity, stability, selectivity, responserecovery times, etc.) as functions of various combinations of measurement conditions (e.g., gas concentrations, temperature, total pressure, content of interferants, photo assist, relative humidity, soaking time in a fixed gas concentration, and number of switching cycles in a dynamic test, etc.). Rationales of the designs associated with general gas sensing mechanics are discussed.
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