This work reports the use of ammonium trivanadate hemihydrate(NH4V3O80.5H2O) as a novel sensing material for ammonia resistive sensors. It was prepared by a simple and fast hydrothermal method from V2O5 as a precursor and characterized by SEM, FT-IR, XRD and TG techniques. The as-synthesized material showed a sheet-like morphology and was found thermally stable up to 250–280 °C. It reacted promptly and irreversibly when exposed to ammonia at room temperature. A full reversibility was instead registered undergoing the formed ammonia adduct at a temperature higher than 200 °C. A NH4V3O8x0.5H2O-based resistive gas sensor was fabricated and its sensing properties were evaluated. Experimental results obtained have given a preliminary demonstration of the feasibility of using NH4V3O8x0.5H2O as a novel ammonia sensing material since it yields several advantages including easy synthesis of the sensing layer, good sensitivity and reproducibility and fast response.
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