• Screen printing carbon nanotubes textiles antennas for smart wearables

Ibanez Labiano, Isidoro, Arslan, Dilan, Ozden Yenigun, Elif, Asadi, Amir, Cebeci, Hulya and Alomainy, Akram, 2021, Journal Article, Screen printing carbon nanotubes textiles antennas for smart wearables Sensors, 21 (14). pp. 1-28. ISSN 1424-8220

Abstract or Description:

Electronic textiles have become a dynamic research field in recent decades, attracting attention to smart wearables to develop and integrate electronic devices onto clothing. Combining traditional screen-printing techniques with novel nanocarbon-based inks offers seamless integration of flexible and conformal antenna patterns onto fabric substrates with a minimum weight penalty and haptic disruption. In this study, two different fabric-based antenna designs called PICA and LOOP were fabricated through a scalable screen-printing process by tuning the conductive ink formulations accompanied by cellulose nanocrystals. The printing process was controlled and monitored by revealing the relationship between the textiles’ nature and conducting nano-ink. The fabric prototypes were tested in dynamic environments mimicking complex real-life situations, such as being in proximity to a human body, and being affected by wrinkling, bending, and fabric care such as washing or ironing. Both computational and experimental on-and-off-body antenna gain results acknowledged the potential of tunable material systems complimenting traditional printing techniques for smart sensing technology as a plausible pathway for future wearables.

Official URL: https://doi.org/10.3390/s21144934
Subjects: Other > Engineering > H900 Others in Engineering
School or Centre: School of Design
Funders: European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 796640, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), UK, for the PAMBAYESIAN EP/P009964/1 project
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/s21144934
Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2021 10:13
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2021 10:13
URI: https://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/4848
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