It remains challenging to prepare wearable strain and pressure sensors with excellent mechanical properties, ultra-high flexibility and sensitivity. Electrically conductive graphene platelets (GnPs) with high structural integrity are used in making a composite film fabricated using robust fabrication techniques. The gauge factor for the strain is up to 100 at 0-5% strain and 50 at 5%-30% strain, and the sensitivity to pressure is 2.7×10-2 kPa-1 between 0-10 kPa and 1.5×10-4 kPa-1 between 300-1000 kPa. In addition, the flexible sensor demonstrates good repeatability and durability after 1000 cycles of tensile and compression tests. The flexible sensor has fast response ability and a wide operating temperature range, suggesting the excellent response to temperature. The flexible sensor is applied in monitoring several human motions as a wearable device with high accuracy. The ability to detect strain, pressure and temperature of the flexible sensor extends its applications to multifunctional wearable devices.
- Composite films
- Flexible conductor
Meng, Q., Liu, Z., Cai, R., Lu, S., & Liu, T. (2020). Non-oxidized graphene/elastomer composite films for wearable strain and pressure sensors with ultra-high flexibility and sensitivity. Polymers for Advanced Technologies, 31(2), 214-225. https://doi.org/10.1002/pat.4760