A novel hydrocarbon-sensitive detector was investigated to determine if readily achievable sensitivity compares with that of the contemporary flame ionization detector. The targeted application is for use in a gas chromatograph system as a complement to less discriminatory detectors. A series of numerical simulations of the proposed structure were performed to assess the viability of the structure as a detector. An apparatus was developed to test the structure in situ. The structure was tested with real-world flame conditions. The measured performance was in very good agreement when compared to the simulated structure. Further experimentation is required to characterize the detector.Electrical and Computer Engineering, Department o
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