Environmental monitoring with a multisensor platform on polyimide foil
A multisensor platform on plastic foil for environmental monitoring has been produced and its gas sensing performance, investigated. It is an array of conductometric metal-oxide (MOX) and capacitive polymer gas sensors integrated with a resistive platinum thermometer on a polyimide sheet substrate. The feasibility of simultaneous measurement of oxidizing and reducing gases, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), humidity and temperature has been demonstrated. MOX signals comparable with those of the devices realized on ceramic substrates have been obtained. Due to its structure, the platform is very versatile and, by using different sensor configurations and sensing materials, it allows the detection of a broad spectrum of gaseous analytes over wide concentration ranges. From the raw signals, temperature and humidity-corrected gas responses have been inferred which have been used for the calibration of the platform sensors. All the integrated devices were stable and gave reproducible signals for more than two months of operation, even when the MOXs ran continuously at 300 degrees C. The performed investigation proved the device concept viability and the reliability of its practical implementation. (C) 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.