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University of Southampton Malaysia

Research project: Printed electronics for wearable sensing in health-monitoring applications

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The technology trend towards smart wearables is apparent from the exponential growth of the wearables market in recent years for consumer, sports, and military applications. By offering unique functionalities for in-situ, real-time and non-invasive monitoring, wearable sensors for health and sports performance have been proposed. Pressure and strain sensors show interesting potential in many wearable applications, from breathing detection and human motion detection to soft robotics and human-machine interactions. Conductivity and moisture sensors can be used to monitor sweat and breath chemistry as an indicator for health condition.

In this project, we will explore the use of printed materials in wearable sensors, to sense parameters such as pressure, strain, conductivity and moisture. Functional material deposition/ characterization, sensor device fabrication/characterization will be areas of focus in the project. In addition, solution-based processes that enable large-area, low-temperature printing will be the preferred process technologies developed in order to realise cost-effective flexible electronics.

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