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Carbon nanotubes polymer nanoparticles inks for healthcare textile
Author(s): Pratyush Rai; Jungmin Lee; Gyanesh N. Mathur; Vijay K. Varadan
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Paper Abstract

Healthcare textiles are ambient health monitoring systems that can contribute towards medical aid as well as general fitness of the populace. These are textile based products that have sensor systems mounted on them or are electrically functionalized to act as sensors. While embedded sensor chipsets and connection wires have been shown as working prototypes of this concept, there is a need for seamless integration of sensor technologies without hindering the inherent properties of the textile. Screen printing or stamping with electrically conductive inks have been demonstrated as technologies for fabricating electronics on flexible substrates. They are applicable to textile manufacturing as well. Printing technology allows for fabrication of nanocomposite based electronics elements in a bottom-up fashion. This has advantages such as low material consumption, high speed fabrication and low temperature processing. In this research, Multi-Wall Carbon Nanotubes (MWCNTs) and polyaniline nanoparticles (PANP) core shell based nanocomposites were synthesized and formulated into colloidal ink. Printed MWCNTs-PANP traces were electrically characterized and compared with traces made with those made by other composites such as Silver, and Carbon Black. The nanocomposite based inks are compared for proposed applications as sensor systems and conductive tracks on smart textile for pervasive wireless healthcare system that can be mass produced using low cost printing processes.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 October 2012
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 8548, Nanosystems in Engineering and Medicine, 854822 (24 October 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.946253
Show Author Affiliations
Pratyush Rai, Univ. of Arkansas (United States)
Jungmin Lee, Univ. of Arkansas (United States)
Gyanesh N. Mathur, Univ. of Arkansas (United States)
The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Global Institute of Nanotechnology in Engineering and Medicine Inc. (United States)
Vijay K. Varadan, Univ. of Arkansas (United States)
The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Global Institute of Nanotechnology in Engineering and Medicine Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8548:
Nanosystems in Engineering and Medicine
Sang H. Choi; Jin-Ho Choy; Uhn Lee; Vijay K. Varadan, Editor(s)

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