Evolution of Anodic Product from Molybdenum Metal in Absolute Ethanol and Humidity Sensing under Ambient Conditions

Chengsheng Ni, Darragh Carolan, Jianing Hui, Conor Rocks, Dilli Babu Padmanaban, Jiupai Ni, Deti Xie, Zeguo Fang, John Irvine, P Maguire, Davide Mariotti

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Room-temperature nonaqueous synthetic routes turn out to be particularly competitive among all the available liquid-phase synthetic methods for nanometer-sized metal oxides for multiple applications. Microplasma-assisted anodization is employed to prepare soluble and crystalline Mo species in a water-deficient and extraneous ionic-salt-free ethanol electrolyte. The anodization of Mo in absolute ethanol is found to produce Mo oxyethoxide in the liquid ethanol phase, along with a small montage of mixed hexagonal and orthorhombic MoO 3 crystals. The evolution of Mo species in solid and liquid phases is characterized to study the crystallization of MoO 3 crystal and the formation of blue spherical Mo polyoxometalates (POMs) after extended aging. The addition of water in the suspension delayed the formation of molybdenum blue while hydrogen peroxide induced the precipitation of a dendritic framework of hexagonal MoO 3. A thin MoO 3 film was produced from the solution and can be used for humidity sensing by the facile conductivity measurement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5249-5257
Number of pages9
JournalCrystal Growth & Design
Issue number9
Early online date9 Aug 2019
Publication statusPublished - 4 Sep 2019


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