Flexible, Strain Gated Logic Transducer Arrays Enabled by Initializing Surface Instability on Elastic Bilayers

Cong Wang, Ben Bin Xu, Jonathan Terry, Stewart Smith, Anthony Walton, Steven Wang, Haibao Lu, Yifan Li

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Abstract

Developing flexible sensors with a high strain sensing range could enable widespread downstream applications, by allowing intimate, mechanically conformable integration with soft biological tissues. By characterizing interconnected metal electrode arrays on super-flexible substrates, we have established a surface deformation control strategy of an array of strain transducers. The strain gated switches are capable of measuring various compressive strains (up to 60%) by bringing metal electrodes into self-contact via creasing elastic instability beyond a threshold substrate strain. The designed devices have been developed to explore the geometry design effect on the electrode-elastomer “stiff film on soft elastomer” surface deformation. The enabled transducer array yielded a stepwise strain-electrical resistance switching mechanism which opens up the potential of future interconnected sensor array type of super-compressible devices.
Original languageEnglish
Article number031509
JournalAPL Materials
Volume7
Issue number3
Early online date28 Mar 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2019

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