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Carbon nanotube strain sensors for wearable patient monitoring applications
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Paper Abstract

Wearable health monitoring systems have recently attracted widespread interest for their application in long term patient monitoring. Wireless wearable technology enables continuous observation of patients while they perform their normal everyday activities. This involves the development of flexible and conformable sensors that could be easily integrated to the smart fabrics. Carbon nanotubes are found to be one of the ideal candidate materials for the design of multifunctional e-textiles because of their capability to change conductance based on any mechanical deformation as well as surface functionalization. This paper presents the development and characterization of a carbon nanotube (CNT)-polymer nanocomposite flexible strain sensor for wearable health monitoring applications. These strain sensors can be used to measure the respiration rhythm which is a vital signal required in health monitoring. A number of strain sensor prototypes with different CNT compositions have been fabricated and their characteristics for both static as well as dynamic strain have been measured.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 March 2008
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 6931, Nanosensors and Microsensors for Bio-Systems 2008, 69310J (26 March 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.776181
Show Author Affiliations
Jose K. Abraham, Univ. of Arkansas (United States)
Lavanya Aryasomayajula, Univ. of Arkansas (United States)
Ashwin Whitchurch, Univ. of Arkansas (United States)
Vijay K. Varadan, Univ. of Arkansas (United States)
Univ. of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6931:
Nanosensors and Microsensors for Bio-Systems 2008
Vijay K. Varadan, Editor(s)

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