Zinc oxide nanorod sensor
A zinc oxide nanorod sensor or ZnO nanorod sensor is an electronic device detecting presence of certain gas or liquid molecules (e.g. NO, hydrogen, etc.) in the ambient atmosphere. The sensor exploits enhanced surface area (and thus surface activity) intrinsic to all nano-sized materials, including ZnO nanorods. Adsorption of molecules on the nanorods can be detected through variation of the nanorods properties, such as electrical conductivity, vibration frequency, mass, etc. The simplest and thus most popular way is to pass electrical current through the nanorods and observe its changes upon gas exposure.
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