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

Caccami, Maria Cristina and Horgan, M.P. and Marrocco, Gaetano 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: IMWS-AMP 2017 : IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Workshop Series on Advanced Materials and Processes, 20-22 September 2017, Pavia, Italy. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1109/IMWS-AMP.2017.8247436) (Full text available)

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Abstract

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: Conference or workshop item (Proceeding)
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: Faculties > Sciences > School of Engineering and Digital Arts
Faculties > Sciences > School of Engineering and Digital Arts > Broadband & Wireless Communications
Depositing User: John Batchelor
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2018 13:06 UTC
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2018 13:05 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/66143 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Batchelor, John C.: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5139-5765
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