Wearable Pressure Sensors Based on MXene/Tissue Papers for Wireless Human Health Monitoring

Li Yang, Hongli Wang, Wenjing Yuan, Yuhang Li, Peng Gao, Naveen Tiwari, Xue Chen, Zihan Wang, Guangyu Niu, Huanyu Cheng

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Though the widely available, low-cost, and disposable papers have been explored in flexible paper-based pressure sensors, it is still difficult for them to simultaneously achieve ultrahigh sensitivity, low limit and broad range of detection, and high-pressure resolution. Herein, we demonstrate a novel flexible paper-based pressure sensing platform that features the MXene-coated tissue paper (MTP) sandwiched between a polyimide encapsulation layer and a printing paper with interdigital electrodes. After replacing the polyimide with weighing paper in the MTP pressure sensor, the silver interdigital electrodes can be recycled through incineration. The resulting pressure sensor with polyimide or paper encapsulation exhibits a high sensitivity of 509.5 or 344.0 kPa–1, a low limit (∼1 Pa) and a broad range (100 kPa) of detection, and outstanding stability over 10 000 loading/unloading cycles. With ultrahigh sensitivity over a wide pressure range, the flexible pressure sensor can monitor various physiological signals and human movements. Configuring the pressure sensors into an array layout results in a smart artificial electronic skin to recognize the spatial pressure distribution. The flexible pressure sensor can also be integrated with signal processing and wireless communication modules on a face mask as a remote respiration monitoring system to wirelessly detect various respiration conditions and respiratory abnormalities for early self-identification of opioid overdose, pulmonary fibrosis, and other cardiopulmonary diseases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)60531-60543
Number of pages13
JournalACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
Issue number50
StatePublished - Dec 22 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Materials Science


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