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For the mimicry of human skin, one of the challenges is how to detect and recognize different stimulus by electronic device, while still has the ability of skin self-recovery at the same time. Because of the excellent elasticity and flexibility, strong self-healing ability, in this paper, we reported a bifunctional self-healing e-skin with polyurethane (PU) and polyurethane@multiwalled carbon nanotubes (PU@CNT) as the sensing materials by integrating a resistance temperature sensor on top of a capacitive pressure sensor on the same flexible cellulose nanocrystals@carboxylated nitrile rubber@polyethylenimine (CNC@XNBR) substrate. Studies found that each type of sensor exhibited fast and superior response to only the target stimuli. Meanwhile, due to the self-recovery properties of PU and CNC@XNBR, as-fabricated e-skin has the self-healing ability after damage and remains excellent sensitivity to temperature and pressure after healing. A 5 × 5 device array was also fabricated, which can simultaneously image the pressure and temperature distribution.


Zhiyi Gao, Zheng Lou, Wei Han, Guozhen Shen. A Self-Healable Bifunctional Electronic Skin. ACS applied materials & interfaces. 2020 May 27;12(21):24339-24347

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PMID: 32369336

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