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Development of a new class of on-skin radio-sensors boosted by thin polymer-based batteries

Caccami, Maria Cristina and Marrocco, Gaetano and Horgan, M.P. and Alfredsson, Maria and Batchelor, John C. (2018) Development of a new class of on-skin radio-sensors boosted by thin polymer-based batteries. In: 2017 IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Workshop Series on Advanced Materials and Processes for RF and THz Applications (IMWS-AMP). IEEE. ISBN 978-1-5386-0481-6. E-ISBN 978-1-5386-0480-9. (doi:10.1109/IMWS-AMP.2017.8247436) (KAR id:66143)


Conductive polymers are currently collecting interest for the development of low-profile eco-friendly and biocompatible non-metallic batteries capable of providing a local power source for the next-generation flexible body-integrated electronics. In this contribution, we demonstrate the feasibility of an organic ultrathin and multilayered polymer-based battery integrating a radiofrequency identification (RFID) tag antenna by means of an electromagnetic characterization in UHF band of the polymeric films. The optimally modeling of the battery plus the antenna aimed to develop a new class of shape-conformable radio-sensors suitable to adhere to the skin as a tattoo as well as a plaster. A prototype of the device was manufactured and its communication performances were characterized through the measurement of the realized gain of the tag attached directly onto a volunteer's skin.

Item Type: Book section
DOI/Identification number: 10.1109/IMWS-AMP.2017.8247436
Uncontrolled keywords: Conductive polymer, Organic battery, On-skin antenna, RFID technology
Subjects: T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics. Nuclear engineering > TK6540 Radio > TK6570.M6 Mobile communication systems
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences > School of Engineering and Digital Arts
Depositing User: John Batchelor
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2018 13:06 UTC
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2022 06:34 UTC
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