Skin-Like Electronic Bandage for Monitoring Vital Signs and Delivering Therapeutics

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Researchers at Purdue University have developed skin-mountable electronic devices and systems with enhanced mechanical properties. Researches used nanocomposite elastomers combined with highly networked one-dimensional metallic nanowires to serve as functional electrodes in skin-mountable electronic devices. Such devices monitor physiological parameters, such as temperature, pressure, oxygen concentration of blood, and electrophysiological activities, e.g., electrocardiograms (ECG) or electromyograms (EMG), of the user and/or delivers therapeutic heat or a therapeutic drug. This technology has the potential to extend the service lifetime of the devices and systems.

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Advantages:
-Superior crack resistance, stretchability, contact adhesion, and normal/shear strength when compared to conventional skin-electronics
-Potential to extend the service lifetime of the devices and systems
-Simple solution

Potential Applications:
-Human healthcare
-Health monitoring
-Drug and/or heat delivery
-Wearable electronics

Related Publications:
Han, S., Kim, M. K., Wang, B., Wie, D. S., Wang, S. and Lee, C. H. Mechanically Reinforced Skin-Electronics with Networked Nanocomposite Elastomer. Advanced Materials, 28: 10257-10265, 2016. DOI: 10.1002/adma.201603878
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