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Electrically Conductive Polymer Composites for Smart Flexible Strain Sensors: A Critical Review

Abstract

The rapid development of wearable smart devices has contributed enormous demands for smart flexible strain sensors. Actually, poor stretchability and sensitivity of conventional metals or inorganic semiconductor-based strain sensors restrict their applications in this field to some extent, and many efforts have been devoted to find suitable candidates. Recently, novel resistive-type electrically conductive polymer composites (ECPCs) based strain sensors have been attracted based on the merits of lightweight, flexibility, stretchability and easy processing, showing great potential applications in the fields of human movement detection, artificial muscles, human-machine interfaces, soft robotic skin, et al. For ECPCs based strain sensor, the conductive filler type and the phase morphology design have important influences on sensing property. Meanwhile, to achieve its successful applications toward wearable devices, several imperative features, including self-healing capability, superhydrophobicity and good light transmission, are needed to be considered. The aim of this paper is to critically review the progress of ECPCs based strain sensors and foresee their future development.

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The article was received on 14 Aug 2018, accepted on 12 Oct 2018 and first published on 12 Oct 2018


Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C8TC04079F
Citation: J. Mater. Chem. C, 2018, Accepted Manuscript
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    Electrically Conductive Polymer Composites for Smart Flexible Strain Sensors: A Critical Review

    H. Liu, Q. Li, S. Zhang, R. Yin, X. Liu, Y. He, K. Dai, C. Shan, J. Guo, C. Liu, C. Shen, X. Wang, N. Wang, Z. Wang, R. Wei and Z. Guo, J. Mater. Chem. C, 2018, Accepted Manuscript , DOI: 10.1039/C8TC04079F

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