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Free-Standing and Eco-Friendly Polyaniline Thin Films for Multifunctional Sensing of Physical and Chemical Stimuli

Free-Standing and Eco-Friendly Polyaniline Thin Films for Multifunctional Sensing of Physical and Chemical Stimuli
Yunfeng Deng, Fang Niu, Bin Wang, Shifaa' Badarneh, Han Zhu, Mingliang Du, Tan-Phat Huynh, A'laa Garaa, Marian Plotkin, Wei Dou, Raneen Jeries, Meital Segev-Bar, Linfeng Chen, Weiwei Wu, Wenwen Hu, Yehu David Horev, Hossam Haick
Multifunctional flexible sensors that are sensitive to different physical and chemical stimuli but remain unaffected by any mechanical deformation and/or changes still present a challenge in the implementation of flexible devices in real-world conditions. This challenge is greatly intensified by the need for an eco-friendly fabrication technique suitable for mass production. A new eco-friendly and scalable fabrication approach is reported for obtaining thin and transparent multifunctional sensors with regulated electrical conductivity and tunable band-gap. A thin (≈190 nm thickness) freestanding sensing film with up to 4 inch diameter is demonstrated. Integration of the freestanding films with different substrates, such as polyethylene terephthalate substrates, silk textile, commercial polyethylene thin film, and human skin, is also described. These multifunctional sensors can detect and distinguish between different stimuli, including pressure, temperature, and volatile organic compounds. All the sensing properties explored are stable under different bending/strain states. A new eco-friendly and scalable fabrication approach is reported for obtaining thin and transparent multifunctional sensors with regulated electrical conductivity and tunable band-gap. These multifunctional sensors can detect and distinguish between different stimuli, including pressure, temperature, and volatile organic compounds. All the sensing properties explored are stable under different bending/strain states.

Publisher URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/resolve/doi

DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201703147

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