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Highly sensitive, tunable, and durable gold nanosheet strain sensors for human motion detection

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Abstract

We report highly sensitive, tunable, and durable strain sensors based on a simple structure consisting of a multilayered film of gold (Au) nanosheets as a sensing layer on a highly stretchable Ecoflex substrate. The high sensitivity of the sensor at different levels of strain was achieved by controlling the stacking number of micrometer-sized Au nanosheets with a thickness of ∼20 nm, which enabled the control of piezoresisitivity of the sensing layer through the change in contact resistance between Au nanosheets under mechanical bending and stretching. The Au nanosheet-based strain sensors exhibited excellent electrical stability without degradation in sensing-performance even after 10 000 stretching cycles. Our highly sensitive, reproducible, tunable, and durable strain sensors were demonstrated to monitor large-scale body motions such as bending, walking, jumping, and squatting, as well as to detect small skin strains induced by minute movements of muscles upon breathing, speaking, and coughing.

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Submitted
19 Jan 2016
Accepted
14 Apr 2016
First published
10 May 2016

J. Mater. Chem. C, 2016,4, 5642-5647
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Highly sensitive, tunable, and durable gold nanosheet strain sensors for human motion detection

G. Lim, N. Lee and B. Lim, J. Mater. Chem. C, 2016, 4, 5642
DOI: 10.1039/C6TC00251J

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