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Gold Nanowire Seen as New-age Sensor

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 Gold Nanowire Seen as New-age Sensor

A wearable pressure sensor that is both highly sensitive and cheap to produce could aid the development of prosthetic skin, touch-on flexible displays, and energy harvesting, as well as changing the way vital health signs are monitored. Researchers from Monash University’s Departments of Chemical Engineering and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication, produced the new sensor by sandwiching ultrathin gold nanowire-impregnated tissue paper between two polymer sheets. Researcher Dr. Wenlong Cheng said the sensor had great potential for monitoring people's health anytime and anywhere. “The sensors are flexible, yet robust and our testing showed they could be used for checking such things as blood pressure, blood pulse and heartbeat. These results have particular implications for future 'at-home' diagnostic tools for elderly or disabled people,” Dr Cheng said. Unlike current pressure sensors, which rely on brittle semiconductor material, the new sensor can be bent or twisted without cracking. The researchers used gold nanowire because of its ability to be highly flexible while maintaining high conductivity. “We chose the ultrathin gold nanowires because they are mechanically flexible and have good conductivity, yet are very robust which makes them highly suitable for wearable devices,” Dr Cheng said. -