University of Oulu

Jarkko Tolvanen, Joni Kilpijärvi, Olli Pitkänen, Jari Hannu, and Heli Jantunen, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2020, 12, 12, 14433-14442P DOI: 10.1021/acsami.0c00023

Stretchable sensors with tunability and single stimuli-responsiveness through resistivity switching under compressive stress

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Author: Tolvanen, Jarkko1; Kilpijärvi, Joni1; Pitkänen, Olli1;
Organizations: 1Microelectronics Research Unit, Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, University of Oulu, P.O. Box 4500, FIN-90014 University of Oulu, Finland
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Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: American Chemical Society, 2020
Publish Date: 2020-03-17


The fascinating human somatosensory system with its complex structure is composed of numerous sensory receptors possessing distinct responsiveness to stimuli. It is a continuous source of inspiration for tactile sensors that mimic its functions. However, to achieve single stimulus-responsiveness with mechanical decoupling is particularly challenging in the light of structural design and has not been fully addressed to date. Here we propose a novel structural design inspired by combining the characteristics of electronic skin (e-skin) and electronic textile (e-textile) into a hybrid interface to achieve a stretchable single stimuli-responsive tactile sensor. The stencil printable biocarbon composite/silver-plated nylon hybrid interface possesses an extraordinary resistance switching (ΔR/R0 up to ∼104) under compressive stress which is controllable by the composite film-thickness. It achieves a very high normal pressure sensitivity (up to 60.8 kPa–1) in a wide dynamic range (up to ∼50 kPa) in the piezoresistive operation mode and can effectively decouple stresses induced by stretching or bending. In addition, the device is capable of high accuracy strain sensing in its capacitive operation mode through dimensional change dominant response. Because of these intriguing features, it has potential for the next-generation Internet of Things devices and user-interactive systems capable of providing visual feedback and more advanced robotics or even prosthetics.

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Series: ACS applied materials & interfaces
ISSN: 1944-8244
ISSN-E: 1944-8252
ISSN-L: 1944-8244
Volume: 12
Issue: 2
Pages: 14433 - 14442
DOI: 10.1021/acsami.0c00023
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 216 Materials engineering
Funding: This research was financially supported by the projects Grelectronics (1569/31/2017, Business Finland) and ENTITY (Infotech Oulu, University of Oulu). This work was supported by the Academy of Finland Research Infrastructure “Printed Intelligence Infrastructure (PII-FIRI, 23 grant no. 320017). Noireco Oy is acknowledged for preparing and providing the pyrolized pine. Florian Ouvrard is acknowledged for the design and fabrication of the 555-timer circuit for the light emitting diode switching demonstration.
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 320017
Detailed Information: 320017 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
Copyright information: © 2020 American Chemical Society. This is an open access article published under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the author and source are cited.