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Development of an electronic nose based on thin film organic transistors (OTFTs) for the detection of 2-methylisoborneol (MIB) and geosmin (geo)

Grant number: 18/20327-8
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate
Effective date (Start): November 01, 2018
Effective date (End): April 30, 2019
Field of knowledge:Engineering - Electrical Engineering
Acordo de Cooperação: SABESP
Principal Investigator:Fernando Josepetti Fonseca
Grantee:Douglas José Correia Gomes
Host Institution: Escola Politécnica (EP). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Host Company:Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Escola Politécnica (EP)
Associated research grant:13/50440-7 - Online water quality analysis (ACQUA-OnLine), AP.PITE


The electronic nose is a non-specific multisensory system complementary to the liquid phase system. The literature describes results with chemical sensors for MIBs based on MIPs with gas phase measurements, but the performance of such devices can be compromised by the low concentrations of MIB and GEO that must be detected in the air. In this context, Organic Thin-Film Transistors (OTFTs), although not yet applied to the MIB and GEO sensing, are characterized by a potential increase in the detection limit when compared to the sensors chemicals. Its sensory potential has been demonstrated for volatile organic solvents such as alkanes, alcohols, esters, ketones and nitriles, as well as gases such as moisture, ammonia and carbon dioxide. The main difference in relation to the chemical sensor is in the gate electrode, responsible for the accumulation of charges in the region of the electric conduction channel formed between the source and drain electrodes, and consequently the control of the resistance of the same. The active layer of these devices can be obtained from polymers used in chemical sensors, in addition to semiconductors already established for application in OTFTs, such as derivatives of poly (para-phenylene vinylene) (PPV), polythiophene (PT), oligothiophenes and benzenes .

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