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This proposal will investigate the utilization of aligned carbon nanotube (A-CNT) sheets for epidermal health monitoring. The sheets will be used to capture electrophysiological signals such as (electrocardiogram (ECG), electroencephalogram (EEG), and electromyogram (EMG)). The characteristics of strain and pressure sensors based on the aligned sheets will also be investigated, giving potential application in monitoring joint movement, breathing rate, and blood pressure. The A-CNT sheets will be used for bioimpedance measurement (Bio-Z), continuously monitoring haemodynamic parameters. Last, the use of those sensors to simultaneously monitor biophysical signals will be performed during one particular activity (such as lifting weights) to examine the relationship between those signals. The epidermal sensors will also be integrated with a microcontroller (containing a Wi-Fi module) for wireless transmission of the signals.
The proposal is based on the need for daily health monitoring, which will provide timely diagnosis and treatment to patients as well as healthy people. Although many devices such as smartwatches and headsets have been commercialization, their next generation (skin-worn sensors) is still in the research process due to many factors, especially the complicated fabrication process and the choice of suitable materials. I chose the A-CNT sheets because they are easy to fabricate, and the process can be integrated into large-scale manufacturing. Besides, their properties are highly suitable for epidermal sensing systems. Hence, the research is expected to make a step toward the commercialization of the epidermal system.
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