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Sensors 2017, 17(7), 1571;

A Stretchable Pressure-Sensitive Array Based on Polymer Matrix

School of Optical and Electronic Information, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074, China
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Received: 6 May 2017 / Revised: 21 June 2017 / Accepted: 29 June 2017 / Published: 5 July 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Flexible Electronics and Sensors)
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Herein, a flexible 6 × 6 pressure-sensitive array (based on the PDMS (Polydimethylsiloxane) porous substrate) was designed. We have developed a facile method to fabricate the porous substrate, by a single-step operation using the sugar-template method. This strategy effectively diminishes the complexity of the preparation process, as well as the device structure. The electrical resistivity of the stretchable array demonstrates the negative piezo resistive coefficient (NPRC) under 0–100 kpa. Moreover, the pressure-sensitive array reveals a high sensitivity and low delay time (<0.5 s) to the applied forces. Therefore, the pressure distribution could be easily recognized by testing its conductivity changes. Besides, these signal data can be collected into the upper computer, with the purpose of tracking and analyzing the azimuth of the applied loading. This cost-effective micro array has a broad application prospect for fabricating the tactile sensor, artificial skin, and human-computer interfaces. View Full-Text
Keywords: sensor array; graphene foam; piezo-resistivity; PDMS sensor array; graphene foam; piezo-resistivity; PDMS

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