Reduced graphene oxide-coated carbonized cotton fabric wearable strain sensors with ultralow detection limit

Qing Qing Liu, Yue Zhang, Ang Li, Erhui Ren, Ce Cui, Mi Zhou, Ronghui Guo, Hongyan Xiao, Shouxiang Jiang, Wenfeng Qin

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The booming prosperity of strain sensors promotes the regeneration of wearable electronics. However, strain sensors featured with both large workable range and superb sensitivity are still less than satisfaction. Softness and practicality are also of vital importance for wearable electronics. In this work, a flexible wearable strain sensor based on carbonized cotton fabric coated with reduced graphene oxide (rGO) through polydopamine (rGO/PDA/CCF) modification was fabricated, which exhibits fascinating electrical mechanical performance including a large workable range and superb sensitivity. rGO/PDA/CCF was characterized using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Raman scattering spectroscopy, and X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns. The electromechanical performance of the rGO/PDA/CCF strain sensor was evaluated. The strain sensors of rGO/PDA/CCF exhibit a large workable strain range (0–120%) and superb sensitivity with strong durability over 800 cycles. The rGO/PDA/CCF strain sensor has a low detection limit down to 0.01% with a good gauge factor (GF) of 132 within the strain range of 0–1%, and also displays fantastic property in terms of sensitivity in other workable range (GF of 26 and 8 within in a strain range of 1–30% and 30–60%, respectively). rGO/PDA/CCF strain sensor was then applied to track the signal of human motions in real time. rGO/PDA/CCF flexible strain sensor can be utilized in detecting almost all human motions with various dimensions. Additionally, the hydrophobicity and the stability at different temperatures endow the rGO/PDA/CCF strain sensor with high efficiency in various usage, which shows its potential for application in health monitor and wearable electronics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17233-17248
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Materials Science: Materials in Electronics
Issue number20
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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