A low-cost and environmentally friendly hydrothermal method was utilized to prepare reduced graphene oxide (rGO) and synthesize rGO/α-Fe2O3 composites with different rGO contents. The chemical composition and morphological essence of the as-prepared samples were characterized through multiple techniques. The results indicated that the uniform α-Fe2O3 cubes adhered uniformly on both sides of the crumpled and rippled rGO sheets. In addition, a series of resistive-type gas sensors were fabricated based on the as-prepared rGO/α-Fe2O3 composites as well as pure α-Fe2O3 to compare their gas-sensing properties toward acetone vapor. The composite containing 1.0 wt% rGO exhibited an enhanced gas response and its response time was shortened to 2 s. We attribute it to the extension of electron depletion layers, the change of charge carrier concentration, which are caused by the formation of local p-n heterojunctions when introducing rGO.
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