A Magnetoresistive Tactile Sensor for Harsh Environment Applications

Ahmed Alfadhel, Mohammed Zahed Mustafa Khan, Susana Cardoso, Diana Leitao, Jürgen Kosel

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A magnetoresistive tactile sensor is reported, which is capable of working in high temperatures up to 140 °C. Hair-like bioinspired structures, known as cilia, made out of permanent magnetic nanocomposite material on top of spin-valve giant magnetoresistive (GMR) sensors are used for tactile sensing at high temperatures. The magnetic nanocomposite, consisting of iron nanowires incorporated into the polymer polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS), is very flexible, biocompatible, has high remanence, and is also resilient to antagonistic sensing ambient. When the cilia come in contact with a surface, they deflect in compliance with the surface topology. This yields a change of the GMR sensor signal, enabling the detection of extremely fine features. The spin-valve is covered with a passivation layer, which enables adequate performance in spite of harsh environmental conditions, as demonstrated in this paper for high temperature.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)650
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 7 2016

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: Research reported in this publication is supported by the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). INESC-MN thanks FCT under EXCL/CTM-NAN/0441/2012 Project and Pest-OE/CTM/LA0024/2011. D. C. Leitao acknowledges FCT Grant SFRH/BPD/72359/2010.


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