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Journal of Sensors
Volume 2018, Article ID 7497619, 14 pages
Research Article

Enhanced Ammonia Adsorption on Directly Deposited Nanofibrous Carbon Films

1Central European Institute of Technology, Masaryk University, Kamenice 5, CZ-62500 Brno, Czech Republic
2Department of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, K. Marx 20, Novosibirsk State Technical University, 630073 Novosibirsk, Russia
3Department of Physical Electronics, Faculty of Science, Masaryk University, Kotlářská 2, CZ-61137 Brno, Czech Republic
4Central European Institute of Technology, Brno University of Technology, Technická 3058/10, CZ-61600 Brno, Czech Republic
5Centre of Sensors, Information and Communication Systems, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Communication, Technická 3058/10, CZ-61600 Brno, Czech Republic
6Institute of Physics of Materials, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Žižkova 22, CZ-61662 Brno, Czech Republic

Correspondence should be addressed to Alexander G. Bannov; ur.liam@a_vonnab

Received 12 April 2018; Revised 9 July 2018; Accepted 29 July 2018; Published 17 September 2018

Academic Editor: Michele Penza

Copyright © 2018 Alexander G. Bannov et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The ammonia adsorption on the nanostructured carbon thin film was significantly influenced by the choice of deposition temperature and deposition time of thin film synthesis. The thin films were prepared on Si/SiO2 substrates by chemical vapour deposition in Ar/C2H2 gas mixture using iron catalytic nanoparticles. The analysis of the grown layer by the scanning and transmission electron microscopy showed the transition from long multiwalled nanotubes (MWCNTs) to bamboo-like hollow carbon nanofiber structure with the decrease of the deposition temperature from 700 to 600°C. Further, the material was analyzed by energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy and Raman spectroscopy confirmed the transition from graphitic sp2 structure to highly defective structure at lower deposition temperature. The resistance of the prepared layer strongly depends on deposition temperature () and deposition time (). High resistance layer, 38.6 kΩ, was formed at 600°C and 10 min, while at 700°C and 60 min, the resistance decreased to 860 ohms. Such behaviour is consistent with MWCNTs being responsible for the formation of the conductive network. Such system was studied using chemiresistor ammonia gas sensor configuration. The sensor resistance increased when exposed to ammonia in all the cases, but their response varied considerably. A decrease in deposition time, from 60 to 10 min, and the deposition temperature, from 700 to 600°C, led to the 10-fold increase in the sensor response. The measurements carried out at room temperature showed the higher sensor response than the measurements carried out at 200°C. This behaviour can be explained by the change in adsorption-desorption equilibrium at different temperatures. Analysis of dependence of the sensor response on the ammonia concentration proved that the underlying resistance change mechanism is chemisorption of ammonia molecules on the carbon network corresponding to the Langmuir isotherm.