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Nano Research

, Volume 10, Issue 6, pp 2021–2033 | Cite as

Transparent, stretchable, and rapid-response humidity sensor for body-attachable wearable electronics

  • Tran Quang Trung
  • Le Thai Duy
  • Subramanian Ramasundaram
  • Nae-Eung LeeEmail author
Research Article

Abstract

Stretchable and conformal humidity sensors that can be attached to the human body for continuously monitoring the humidity of the environment around the human body or the moisture level of the human skin can play an important role in electronic skin and personal healthcare applications. However, most stretchable humidity sensors are based on the geometric engineering of non-stretchable components and only a few detailed studies are available on stretchable humidity sensors under applied mechanical deformations. In this paper, we propose a transparent, stretchable humidity sensor with a simple fabrication process, having intrinsically stretchable components that provide high stretchability, sensitivity, and stability along with fast response and relaxation time. Composed of reduced graphene oxide-polyurethane composites and an elastomeric conductive electrode, this device exhibits impressive response and relaxation time as fast as 3.5 and 7 s, respectively. The responsivity and the response and relaxation time of the device in the presence of humidity remain almost unchanged under stretching up to a strain of 60% and after 10,000 stretching cycles at a 40% strain. Further, these stretchable humidity sensors can be easily and conformally attached to a finger for monitoring the humidity levels of the environment around the human body, wet objects, or human skin.

Keywords

transparent stretchable humidity sensor reduced graphene oxide wearable electronics body-attachable intrinsically stretchable components 

Notes

Acknowledgements

This research was supported by the Basic Science Research Program (No. 2013R1A2A1A01015232) of the National Research Foundation of Korea funded by the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning.

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Transparent, stretchable, and rapid-response humidity sensor for body-attachable wearable electronics

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tran Quang Trung
    • 1
  • Le Thai Duy
    • 1
  • Subramanian Ramasundaram
    • 2
  • Nae-Eung Lee
    • 1
    • 3
    • 4
    Email author
  1. 1.School of Advanced Materials Science & EngineeringSungkyunkwan University (SKKU)Suwon, Kyunggi-doRepublic of Korea
  2. 2.Center for Water Resource Cycle ResearchKorea Institute of Science and TechnologySeoulRepublic of Korea
  3. 3.SKKU Advanced Institute of Nanotechnology (SAINT)SKKUSuwon, Kyunggi-doRepublic of Korea
  4. 4.Samsung Advanced Institute for Health Sciences & Technology (SAIHST)SKKUSuwon, Kyunggi-doRepublic of Korea

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