A4.3 - Highly sensitive benzene detection with MOS gas sensors

AMA Conferences 2017
2017-05-30 - 2017-06-01
Nürnberg, Germany
Proceedings Sensor 2017
A4 - Gas Sensors I
M. Leidinger, T. Baur, T. Sauerwald, A. Schütze - Saarland University, Saarbrücken (Germany), W. Reimringer - 3S GmbH, Saarbrücken (Germany), L. Spinelle, M. Gerboles - Joint Research Centre, Ispra (Italy)
92 - 97


For detection of benzene, a gas sensor system using metal oxide semiconductor (MOS) gas sensors is presented and measurement results for a concentration range up to 10 ppb are presented. The system is equipped with three gas sensors and advanced temperature control and read-out electronics for using the sensors in temperature cycled operation (TCO). The performance of the system regarding benzene quantification has been tested in two different gas test setups at two different labs. Using features extracted from the TCO signals, regression models for the quantification of benzene have been calculated for both test runs. In the tests with the first setup, benzene was applied in defined gas profiles in a continuous gas flow with variation of humidity and various interferents. In this setup, a quantification accuracy of less than ± 0.5 ppb has been achieved at nearly constant background incl. ubiquitous interferent gases; with more complex background variations the quantification error increased to approx. ± 2 ppb. The second gas mixing system is based on recirculation of the carrier gas stream and closed loop control for the benzene concentration based on continuously available reference data for the benzene concentration. In this system, a similar accuracy was again achieved for low background contaminations and constant humidity; the benzene level
could be quantified with an error of less than 0.5 ppb.