Highly reproducible, hysteresis-free, flexible strain sensors by inkjet printing of carbon nanotubes

In order to build upon the exceptional interest for flexible sensors based on carbon nanotube networks (CNNs), the field requires high device-to-device reproducibility. Inkjet printing has provided outstanding results for flexible ohmic sensors in terms of reproducibility of their resistance. However, the reproducibility of the sensitivity, the most critical parameter for sensing application, has been only marginally assessed. In the present paper, CNN based resistive strain sensors fabricated by inkjet-printing on flexible Ethylene Tetrafluoroethylene (EFTE) sheets are presented. The variability on the device initial resistance is studied for 5 different batches of sensors from 3 to 72 devices each. The variability ranges between 8.4% and 43% depending on the size of the batches, with a 20% average. An 8-device batch with 15% variability on initial resistance is further studied for variability on the strain and thermal sensitivity. Standard deviation values are found to be as low as 16% on the strain sensitivity and 8% on the temperature sensitivity. Moreover, the devices are hysteresis free, a rare achievement for CNT strain sensors on plastics.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Pagination: pp 1020-1026
  • Serial:
    • Carbon
    • Volume: 95
    • Publisher: Pergamon Press, Incorporated

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  • Accession Number: 01688961
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Institut Francais des Sciences et Technologies des Transports, de l'Amenagement et des Reseaux (IFSTTAR)
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Dec 18 2018 10:20AM