ZnO Nanowire Application in Chemoresistive Sensing: A Review

Nanomaterials (Basel). 2017 Nov 9;7(11):381. doi: 10.3390/nano7110381.


This article provides an overview of the recent development of ZnO nanowires (NWs) for chemoresistive sensing. Working mechanisms of chemoresistive sensors are unified for gas, ultraviolet (UV) and bio sensor types: single nanowire and nanowire junction sensors are described, giving the overview for a simple sensor manufacture by multiple nanowire junctions. ZnO NW surface functionalization is discussed, and how this effects the sensing is explained. Further, novel approaches for sensing, using ZnO NW functionalization with other materials such as metal nanoparticles or heterojunctions, are explained, and limiting factors and possible improvements are discussed. The review concludes with the insights and recommendations for the future improvement of the ZnO NW chemoresistive sensing.

Keywords: ZnO; biosensing; chemoresistive; nanowire; sensors.

Publication types

  • Review