Constructing a continuous reduced graphene oxide network in porous plant fiber sponge for highly compressible and sensitive piezoresistive sensors

Gang Zhao, Feng Qian, Xinyi Li, Yuhan Tang, Ye Sheng, Handong Li, Jiuping Rao, Man Vir Singh, Hassan Algadi, Min Niu, Weijie Zhang, Zhanhu Guo*, Xiangfang Peng*, Tingjie Chen*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

21 Citations (Scopus)
18 Downloads (Pure)


Flexible pressure sensors as wearable electronic devices to monitor human health have attracted significant attention. Herein, a simple and effective carbonization-free method is proposed to prepare a compressible and conductive reduced graphene oxide (rGO)–modified plant fiber sponge (defined as rGO-PFS). The introduced GO can not only coat on the surface of plant fibers, but also form a large amount of aerogel with microcellular structure in the macroporous PFS. After reduction treatment, the rGO-PFS can form a double-continuous conductive network of rGO aerogel. With the improvement of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS), the rGO-PFS@PDMS composite exhibits outstanding compressibility (up to 60% compression strain), excellent durability (10,000 stable compression cycles at 50% strain), high sensitivity (234.07 kPa−1 in a pressure range of 20 ~ 387.2 Pa), low detection limit (20 Pa), and rapid response time (28 ms) for practical wearable applications. Graphical Abstract: A compressible and conductive reduced graphene oxide–modified plant fiber sponge is prepared by a simple and effective carbonization-free method. With the improvement of polydimethylsiloxane, the sponge exhibits outstanding compressibility, durability, high sensitivity, low detection limit, and rapid response time for practical wearable applications.
Original languageEnglish
Article number184
Number of pages12
JournalAdvanced Composites and Hybrid Materials
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 13 Oct 2023

Cite this