Biomimetic magnetic nanocomposite for smart skins

Ahmed Alfadhel, Jürgen Kosel

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We report a biomimetic tactile sensor consisting of magnetic nanocomposite artificial cilia and magnetic sensors. The nanocomposite is fashioned from polydimethylsiloxane and iron nanowires and exhibits a permanent magnetic behavior. This enables remote operation without an additional magnetic field to magnetize the nanowires, which simplifies device integration. Moreover, the highly elastic and easy patternable nanocomposite is corrosion resistant and thermally stable. The highly sensitive and power efficient tactile sensors can detect vertical and shear forces from interactions with objects. The sensors can operate in dry and wet environment with the ability to measure different properties such as the texture and the movement or stability of objects, with easily adjustable performance.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2015 IEEE SENSORS
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
ISBN (Print)9781479982035
StatePublished - Jan 7 2016


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