Mechanoluminescent, Air-Dielectric MoS2 Transistors as Active-Matrix Pressure Sensors for Wide Detection Ranges from Footsteps to Cellular Motions

Jiuk Jang, Hyobeom Kim, Sangyoon Ji, Ha Jun Kim, Min Soo Kang, Tae Soo Kim, Jong Eun Won, Jae Hyun Lee, Jinwoo Cheon, Kibum Kang, Won Bin Im, Jang Ung Park

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Tactile pressure sensors as flexible bioelectronic devices have been regarded as the key component for recently emerging applications in electronic skins, health-monitoring devices, or human-machine interfaces. However, their narrow range of sensible pressure and their difficulty in forming high integrations represent major limitations for various potential applications. Herein, we report fully integrated, active-matrix arrays of pressure-sensitive MoS2 transistors with mechanoluminescent layers and air dielectrics for wide detectable range from footsteps to cellular motions. The inclusion of mechanoluminescent materials as well as air spaces can increase the sensitivity significantly over entire pressure regimes. In addition, the high integration capability of these active-matrix sensory circuitries can enhance their spatial resolution to the level sufficient to analyze the pressure distribution in a single cardiomyocyte. We envision that these wide-range pressure sensors will provide a new strategy toward next-generation electronics at biomachine interfaces to monitor various mechanical and biological phenomena at single-cell resolution.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)66-74
Number of pages9
JournalNano letters
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Jan 8

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Ministry of Science & ICT (MSIT) and the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE) of Korea through the National Research Foundation (2019R1A2B5B03069358 and 2016R1A5A1009926), the Bio & Medical Technology Development Program (2018M3A9F1021649), the Nano Material Technology Development Program (2015M3A7B4050308 and 2016M3A7B4910635), and the Industrial Technology Innovation Program (10080577). Also, the authors thank financial support by the Institute for Basic Science (IBS-R026-D1) and the Research Program (2018-22-0194) funded by Yonsei University.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Bioengineering
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering

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