highly sensitive hydrogen microsensor

Unisense H2-50 MicrosensorThe Unisense hydrogen microsensor offers you extraordinary sensitivity allowing reliable hydrogen measurement even in natural systems. The sensor is fast responding and the tip can be miniaturized down to 2-3 µm achieving high spatial resolution.

The microsensor construction makes it possible to use the hydrogen microsensor in a broad variety of research fields where high quality, non-destructive, fast and accurate measurements are required. The hydrogen microsensor is designed for research applications within:

  • Environmental sciences
  • Biomedical sciences
  • Biotechnology
  • Research on photochemical water splitting
  • Effect of H2 enriched drinking water

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microsensor technology

PageLines-UnisenseOX-MR.jpgThe hydrogen micro- and minisensors are all Clark-type sensors measuring hydrogen partial pressure. The working principle of the hydrogen microsensor is based on diffusion of hydrogen through a silicone membrane to a hydrogen oxidizing platinum anode. The reducing anode is polarized against an internal Ag/AgCl cathode. The resulting sensor signal is in the pA range and is measured by a high quality picoammeter e.g. the Unisense Microsensor Multimeter.

As hydrogen concentrations found in natural systems are generally very low, a low detection limit of the sensor is important. Generally the detection limit of the sensors is close to 0,02% of hydrogen (0,1 µM in water) but it is possible to make all but H2-10 and H2-25 sensors even more sensitive if they are provided with a large tip membrane. However, such hypersensitive sensor suffers from a considerable stirring sensitivity (up to 25 %).

part numbers and outside tip diameter
  • PageLines-UnisenseMultimeter-FRONT.jpgH2-10:    8-12 µm
  • H2-25:    20-30 µm
  • H2-50:    40-60 µm
  • H2-100:  90-110 µm
  • H2-500:  400-600 µm
  • H2-MR:  400-600 µm
  • H2-N:      1.1 mm
  • H2-NP:    1.6 x 40 mm – needle for sensor piercing
  • H2-500LR: 400-600 µm – for low concentration range applications
  • H2-NPLR: 1.6 x 40 mm – needle sensor for piercing and for low concentration range



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related case studies and articles



Brand,A. et al (2007), Microsensor for in situ flow measurements in benthic boundary layers at submillimeter resolution with extremely slow flow, Limnology and Oceanography-Methods, 185 – 191, vol. 5

Kajiya,M. et al (2009), Hydrogen from intestinal bacteria is protective for Concanavalin A-induced hepatitis, Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, 316 – 321, vol. 386


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