Review - The Development of Wearable Polymer-Based Sensors: Perspectives

Christian Harito, Listya Utari, Budi Riza Putra, Brian Yuliarto, Setyo Purwanto, Syed Z.J. Zaidi, Dmitry V. Bavykin, Frank Marken, Frank C. Walsh

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The development of smart polymer materials is reviewed and illustrated. Important examples of these polymers include conducting polymers, ionic gels, stimulus-response be used polymers, liquid crystalline polymers and piezoelectric materials, which have desirable properties for use in wearable sensors. This review outlines the mode of action in these types of smart polymers systems for utilisation as wearable sensors. Categories of wearable sensors are considered as tattoo-like designs, patch-like, textile-based, and contact lens-based sensors. The advantages and disadvantages of each sensor types are considered together with information on the typical performance. The research gap linking smart polymer materials to wearable sensors with integrated power systems is highlighted. Smart polymer systems may be used as part of a holistic approach to improve wearable devices and accelerate the integration of wearable sensors and power systems, particularly in health care.

Original languageEnglish
Article number037566
JournalJournal of the Electrochemical Society
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 17 Feb 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Electrochemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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