Díaz, E. J. C., Gálvez-Martínez, S. Vico, M. C. T., Gónzalez, M. P. V., Mateo Marti, E. (2020). 2-D organization of silica nanoparticles on gold surfaces: CO(2)marker detection and storage. RSC Advances, 10, 53, 31758-31764 DOI: 10.1039/d0ra04770h
A single layer of silica nanoparticles with an average size of similar to 200 nm was deposited over the surface of pristine gold wafers, aided by (3-mercaptopropyl)trimethoxysilane. The nanoparticle immobilization was driven by covalent bonding rather than a self-assembly process, leading to a cluster-assembled material which has CO(2)sensing features. Here, we show how this device can be used for CO(2)physisorption and chemisorption. We analyse the device, both spectroscopically and morphologically, before and after exposure to an atmosphere of 7 mbar of CO2, inside a planetary atmospheres and surfaces simulation chamber, (PASC) mimiking Martian atmospheric conditions. Our studies demonstrate that these clusters are suitable for CO(2)detection and storage, under well controlled experimental Martian conditions. Their high sensitivity at a very low concentration of CO2, 12.4 ppm, makes them ideal candidates in the nanosensor field.