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A Brief Review on E-skin and its Multifunctional Sensing Applications

[ Vol. 4 , Issue. 1 ]

Author(s):

Mariam Turki Almansoori, Xuan Li and Lianxi Zheng*   Pages 3 - 14 ( 12 )

Abstract:


Electronic skin (e-skin) is an artificial skin that mimics the sensing capabilities of human skin, which brings many potential applications in robotics, artificial intelligence, prosthetics, and health monitoring technologies. Many attempts associated with various mechanisms/approaches and materials/structures have been developed to match the e-skins to the particular functions of specific applications. Along the time, high sensitivity, mechanical flexibility/stretchability, multifunction, and large area are common driving forces in the research area. New materials, with a variety of structures and unique properties, offer a plenty of freedoms in designing and fabricating e-skins. Significant progress has been made in recently years. This paper firstly reviews the most recent progress on nanomaterial- based e-skins according to four major sensing mechanisms, with an emphasis on the effects of various materials on the sensitivity and stretchability of e-skins. Then the paper updates the progress and effort with respect to multifunctional e-skins and organic-thin-film-transistor based large-area e-skins. Further development possibilities are also briefly discussed.

Keywords:

e-Skin, flexible electronics, motion monitoring, nanomaterial, pressure sensor, tactile sensor.

Affiliation:

Mechanical Engineering, Khalifa University of Science and Technology, Abu Dhabi, 127788, Mechanical Engineering, Khalifa University of Science and Technology, Abu Dhabi, 127788, Mechanical Engineering, Khalifa University of Science and Technology, Abu Dhabi, 127788



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