Porous PDMS force sensitive resistors

M.G. King, A.J. Baragwanath, M.C. Rosamond, David Wood, Andrew Gallant, J Brugger, D Briand

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Here we present an elastomeric force sensitive resistor (FSR) made from a porous matrix of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) filled with carbon black. The fabrication process is based on the use of a low cost sacrificial sugar cube scaffold which leads to a highly porous and compressible material. By filling this porous matrix with carbon black we can achieve typical resistance changes from 20 kW to 100 W for an applied 95% compressive strain. This material is suitable for a wide variety of sensing applications which include tactile artificial skin for robotics and solvent detection.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)568-571
Number of pages4
JournalProcedia chemistry.
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2009


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