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Printed stretchable circuit on soft elastic substrate for wearable application

Wei Yuan , Xinzhou Wu , Weibing Gu , Jian Lin and Zheng Cui ,

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Abstract: In this paper, a flexible and stretchable circuit has been fabricated by the printing method based on Ag NWs/PDMS composite. The randomly oriented Ag NWs were buried in PDMS to form a conductive and stretchable electrode. Stable conductivity was achieved with a large range of tensile strain (0–50%) after the initial stretching/releasing cycle. The stable electrical response is due to the buckling of the Ag NWs/PDMS composite layer. Furthermore, printed stretchable circuits integrated with commercial ICs have been demonstrated for wearable applications.

Key words: printed electronicssilver nanowiresstretchable electronicswearable electronics

Abstract: In this paper, a flexible and stretchable circuit has been fabricated by the printing method based on Ag NWs/PDMS composite. The randomly oriented Ag NWs were buried in PDMS to form a conductive and stretchable electrode. Stable conductivity was achieved with a large range of tensile strain (0–50%) after the initial stretching/releasing cycle. The stable electrical response is due to the buckling of the Ag NWs/PDMS composite layer. Furthermore, printed stretchable circuits integrated with commercial ICs have been demonstrated for wearable applications.

Key words: printed electronicssilver nanowiresstretchable electronicswearable electronics



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[7]

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Larmagnac A, Eggenberger S, Janossy H, et al. Stretchable electronics based on Ag-PDMS composites. Sci Rep, 2014, 4: 7254

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Matsuhisa N, Kaltenbrunner M, Yokota T, et al. Printable elastic conductors with a high conductivity for electronic textile applications. Nat Commun, 2015, 6: 7461

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Manuscript received: 31 July 2017 Manuscript revised: 13 October 2017 Online: Accepted Manuscript: 27 December 2017 Published: 01 January 2018

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