Boosting Room Temperature Sensing Performances by Atomically Dispersed Pd Stabilized via Surface Coordination.


Ye XL(1), Lin SJ(1), Zhang JW(2), Jiang HJ(1), Cao LA(1), Wen YY(1)(3), Yao MS(1), Li WH(1), Wang GE(1)(3), Xu G(1)(3).
Author information:
(1)State Key Laboratory of Structural Chemistry, Fujian Institute of Research on the Structure of Matter, Chinese Academy of Sciences
(CAS), Fuzhou, Fujian 350002, P. R. China.
(2)Dalian National Laboratory for Clean Energy & State Key Laboratory of Catalysis, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
(CAS), Dalian, Liaoning 116023, P. R. China.
(3)University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, P. R. China.


The urgent requirement of monitoring air pollution worldwide evokes intensive research interest in developing chemiresistive gas sensing techniques. To overcome the limits in sensitivity and selectivity of room temperature (RT) chemiresistive sensing materials, a new strategy using single-atom catalysts (SACs) via surface coordination is proposed. As a proof-of-concept, single Pd atoms on TiO2 (Pd1-TiO2) possess high efficiency in generating adsorbed O2- as well as high activity and selectivity in catalyzing CO oxidation at RT. As a result, Pd1-TiO2 shows record high sensitivity among the reported RT sensing materials, which is even comparable to those of the best materials working at high temperature. It also provides an approximately 1 order of magnitude lower limit of detection than the best CO sensing materials. Moreover, Pd1-TiO2 presents high selectivity toward 12 kinds of interference gases. This work not only paves a way to design high-performance RT gas sensing materials but also extends the application of SACs.