Flexible carbon nanotube nanocomposite sensor for multiple physiological parameter monitoring

Anindya Nag, Subhas Chandra Mukhopadhyay, Jürgen Kosel

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The paper presents the design, development, and fabrication of a flexible and wearable sensor based on carbon nanotube nanocomposite for monitoring specific physiological parameters. Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) was used as the substrate with a thin layer of a nanocomposite comprising functionalized multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) and PDMS as electrodes. The sensor patch functionalized on strain-sensitive capacitive sensing from interdigitated electrodes which were patterned with a laser on the nanocomposite layer. The thickness of the electrode layer was optimized regarding strain and conductivity. The sensor patch was connected to a monitoring device from one end and attached to the body on the other for examining purposes. Experimental results show the capability of the sensor patch used to detect respiration and limb movements. This work is a stepping stone of the sensing system to be developed for multiple physiological parameters.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)148-155
Number of pages8
JournalSensors and Actuators A: Physical
StatePublished - Oct 18 2016

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: The authors would like to thank King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia, for providing the research facilities to design and fabricate the sensor patches. They would also thank Massey University, Palmerston North for providing the conditions to test the patches. They are also obliged to the people volunteered during the testing of the sensor patch.


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