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- ItemOpen AccessHigh-Performance, Room Temperature Hydrogen Sensing With a Cu-BTC/Polyaniline Nanocomposite Film on a Quartz Crystal Microbalance(2019-01) Abuzalat, Osama; Wong, Danny; Park, Simon S.; Kim, SeonghwanIn this paper, we demonstrate a high-performance hydrogen sensor under ambient conditions by growing a Cu-BTC/polyaniline (PANI) nanocomposite film on a quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) using intense pulsed light. The QCM was first sputter coated with a 200-nm-thin layer of copper. The copper layer was then oxidized by sodium hydroxide and ammonium persulfate. A solution containing the organic ligand (BTC) and PANI was then dropped and dried on the copper hydroxide surface of a QCM with intense pulsed light which resulted in Cu-BTC/PANI nanocomposite film on a QCM. The gas sensing performance of the Cu-BTC film and Cu-BTC/PANI composite film was compared under ambient conditions. It was found selectivity and sensitivity of the Cu-BTC/PANI nanocomposite film to hydrogen were significantly improved. In addition, a fast response time (from 2 to 5 s), operation at room temperature even in the presence of high relative humidity (up to 60%), good repeatability were achieved with the Cu-BTC/PANI nanocomposite film-grown QCM sensor.