Selective response of mesoporous silicon to adsorbants with nitro groups.

We demonstrate that the electronic structure of mesoporous silicon is affected by adsorption of nitro-based explosive molecules in a compound-selective manner. This selective response is demonstrated by probing the adsorption of two nitro-based molecular explosives (trinitrotoluene and cyclotrimethylenetrinitramine) and a nonexplosive nitro-based aromatic… CONTINUE READING