Inkjet printed 2D-crystal based strain gauges on paper

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  • External authors:
  • M. Macucci
  • K. Parvez
  • R. Worsley
  • F. Bronte
  • C. Borri
  • M. Paggi
  • G. Fiori


We present an investigation of inkjet printed strain gauges based on two-dimensional (2D) materials. The technology leverages water-based and biocompatible inks to fabricate strain measurement devices on flexible substrates such as paper. We demonstrate that the device performance and sensitivity are strongly dependent on the printing parameter (i.e., drop-spacing, number of printing passes, etc.). We show that values of the Gauge Factor up to 125 can be obtained, with large sensitivity (>20%) even when small strains (0.3%) are applied. Furthermore, we provide preliminary examples of heterostructure-based strain sensors, enabled by the inkjet printing technology.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)462-467
Number of pages6
Early online date9 Dec 2017
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2018

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