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"Cut-and-paste" manufacture of multiparametric epidermal electronic systems
Author(s): Nanshu Lu; Shixuan Yang; Pulin Wang
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Paper Abstract

Epidermal electronics is a class of noninvasive and unobstructive skin-mounted, tattoo-like sensors and electronics capable of vital sign monitoring and establishing human-machine interface. The high cost of manpower, materials, vacuum equipment, and photolithographic facilities associated with its manufacture greatly hinders the widespread use of disposable epidermal electronics. Here we report a cost and time effective, completely dry, benchtop “cut-and-paste” method for the freeform and portable manufacture of multiparametric epidermal sensor systems (ESS) within minutes. This versatile method works for all types of thin metal and polymeric sheets and is compatible with any tattoo adhesives or medical tapes. The resulting ESS are multimaterial and multifunctional and have been demonstrated to noninvasively but accurately measure electrophysiological signals, skin temperature, skin hydration, as well as respiratory rate. In addition, planar stretchable coils exploiting double-stranded serpentine design have been successfully applied as wireless, passive epidermal strain sensors.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 May 2016
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 9836, Micro- and Nanotechnology Sensors, Systems, and Applications VIII, 98361B (17 May 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2224690
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Nanshu Lu, The Univ. of Texas at Austin (United States)
Shixuan Yang, The Univ. of Texas at Austin (United States)
Pulin Wang, The Univ. of Texas at Austin (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9836:
Micro- and Nanotechnology Sensors, Systems, and Applications VIII
Thomas George; Achyut K. Dutta; M. Saif Islam, Editor(s)

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