Stumbling through the research wilderness, standard methods to shine light on electrically conductive nanocomposites for future healthcare monitoring

Boland, Conor S (2019) Stumbling through the research wilderness, standard methods to shine light on electrically conductive nanocomposites for future healthcare monitoring. ACS Nano, 13 (12). pp. 13627-13636. ISSN 1936-0851

[img] PDF - Accepted Version
Download (1MB)

Abstract

Electrically conductive nanocomposites are an exciting ever-expanding area of research that has yielded many versatile technologies for wearable health devices. Acting as strain-sensing materials, real-time medical diagnostic tools based on these materials may very well lead to a golden age of healthcare. Currently, the goal in research is to create a material that simultaneously has both a large gauge factor (G) and sensing range. However, a weakness in the area of electromechanical research is the lack of standardization in the reporting of the figure of merit (i.e., G) and the need for other intrinsic metrics to give researchers a more complete view of the research landscape of resistive-type sensors. A paradigm shift in the way in which data are reported is required, to push research in the right direction and to facilitate achieving research goals. Here, we report a standardized method for reporting strain-sensing performance and the introduction of the working factor (W) and the Young’s modulus (Y) of a material as figures of merit for sensing materials. Using this standard method, we can define the benchmarks for an optimum sensing material (G > 7, W > 1, Y < 300 kPa) using limits set by standard commercial materials and the human body. Using extrapolated data from 200 publications normalized to this standard method, we can review what composite types meet these benchmark limits, what governs composite performances, the literary trends in composites, and the future prospects of research.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences > Physics and Astronomy
Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics
Depositing User: Amelia Redman
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2019 08:05
Last Modified: 26 Nov 2020 02:00
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/88284

View download statistics for this item

📧 Request an update