Light-assisted recovery of reacted MoS2 for reversible NO2 sensing at room temperature

Yunsung Kang, Soonjae Pyo, Eunhwan Jo, Jongbaeg Kim

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

46 Citations (Scopus)


Two-dimensional (2D) nanomaterials have been extensively explored as promising candidates for gas sensing due to their high surface-to-volume ratio. Among many 2D nanomaterials, molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) is known to be functional in detecting harmful gases at room temperature; therefore, it has been actively studied as a gas sensing material. However, there has been a limitation in recovering the original signal from reacted MoS2 after exposure to the target gas. This work demonstrates the recovery of the initial resistance of reacted chemical vapor deposition-grown MoS2 by illuminating it with a UV light-emitting diode (LED). A novel mechanism involving photo-generated electron-hole pairs in MoS2 is proposed and experimentally verified. The fabricated sensor detects nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and distinguishes between concentrations from 1 to 10 ppm with the proposed recovery process. Reversible detection after repeated exposure to 5 ppm NO2 over eight cycles is achieved through UV-LED illumination for a short time during the recovery process, while the identical sensor without UV illumination shows a transitional response at each cycle. To apply a low cost gas sensing solution at room temperature, visible light LEDs are also used to recover the resistance of the reacted MoS2.

Original languageEnglish
Article number355504
Issue number35
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Jun 12

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2019 IOP Publishing Ltd.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Bioengineering
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


Dive into the research topics of 'Light-assisted recovery of reacted MoS2 for reversible NO2 sensing at room temperature'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this