The Piezoresistive Highly Elastic Sensor Based on Carbon Nanotubes for the Detection of Breath

Romana Daňová, Robert Olejnik, Petr Slobodian, Jiri Matyas
2020 Polymers  
Wearable electronic sensor was prepared on a light and flexible substrate. The breathing sensor has a broad assumption and great potential for portable devices in wearable technology. In the present work, the application of a flexible thermoplastic polyurethane/multiwalled carbon nanotubes (TPU/MWCNTs) strain sensor was demonstrated. This composite was prepared by a novel technique using a thermoplastic filtering membrane based on electrospinning technology. Aqueous dispersion of MWCNTs was
more » ... n of MWCNTs was filtered through membrane, dried and then welded directly on a T-shirt and encapsulated by a thin silicone layer. The sensing layer was also equipped by electrodes. A polymer composite sensor is capable of detecting a deformation by changing its electrical resistance. A T-shirt was capable of analyzing a type, frequency and intensity of human breathing. The sensitivity to the applied strain of the sensor was improved by the oxidation of MWCNTs by potassium permanganate (KMnO4) and also by subsequent application of the prestrain.
doi:10.3390/polym12030713 pmid:32210067 fatcat:ssotxrszb5hmlnb4bd3fdjnekq