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Polymers 2018, 10(6), 587;

High-Performance Pressure Sensor for Monitoring Mechanical Vibration and Air Pressure

School of Nano-Technology and Nano-Bionics, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230026, China
Suzhou Institute of Nano-Tech and Nano-Bionics (SINANO), Chinese Academy of Sciences, Suzhou 215123, China
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Received: 4 April 2018 / Revised: 11 May 2018 / Accepted: 25 May 2018 / Published: 27 May 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Soft Materials and Systems)
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To realize the practical applications of flexible pressure sensors, the high performance (sensitivity and response time) as well as more functionalities are highly desired. In this work, we fabricated a piezoresistive pressure sensor based on the micro-structured composites films of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) and poly (dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS). In addition, we establish efficient strategies to improve key performance of our pressure sensor. Its sensitivity is improved up to 474.13 kPa−1 by minimizing pressure independent resistance of sensor, and response time is shorten as small as 2 μs by enhancing the elastic modulus of polymer elastomer. Benefiting from the high performance, the functionalities of sensors are successfully extended to the accurate detection of high frequency mechanical vibration (~300 Hz) and large range of air pressure (6–101 kPa), both of which are not achieved before. View Full-Text
Keywords: pressure sensor; ultra-fast response; mechanical vibration and air pressure pressure sensor; ultra-fast response; mechanical vibration and air pressure

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Meng, Y.; Li, H.; Wu, K.; Zhang, S.; Li, L. High-Performance Pressure Sensor for Monitoring Mechanical Vibration and Air Pressure. Polymers 2018, 10, 587.

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