Polyacrylonitrile-carbon nanotube-polyacrylonitrile: a versatile robust platform for flexible multifunctional electronic devices in medical applications

Dinh, Toan and Dau, Van and Tran, Canh-Dung and Nguyen, Tuan-Khoa and Phan, Hoang-Phuong and Nguyen, Nam-Trung and Dao, Dzung Viet (2019) Polyacrylonitrile-carbon nanotube-polyacrylonitrile: a versatile robust platform for flexible multifunctional electronic devices in medical applications. Macromolecular Materials and Engineering, 304 (6). pp. 19000141-19000148. ISSN 1465-8011


Flexible multifunctional electronic devices are of high interest for a wide range of applications including thermal therapy and respiratory devices in medical treatment, safety equipment, and structural health monitoring
systems. This paper reports a scalable and efficient strategy of manufacturing a polyacrylonitrile-carbon nanotube-polyacrylonitrile (PAN-CNT-PAN)robust flexible platform for multifunctional electronic devices including flexible heaters, temperature sensors, and flexible thermal flow sensors. The key advantages of this platform include low cost, porosity, mechanical robustness, and electrical stability under mechanical bending, enabling the
development of fast-response flexible heaters with a response time of ≈1.5 s and relaxation time of ≈1.7 s. The temperature-sensing functionality is also investigated with a range of temperature coefficient of resistances from −650
to −900 ppm K−1. A flexible hot-film sensing concept is successfully demonstrated using PAN-CNT-PAN with a high sensitivity of 340 mV (m s−1)−1. The sensitivity enhancement of 50% W−1 is also observed with increasing supply power. The low cost, porosity, versatile, and robust properties of the proposed platform will enable the development of multifunctional electronic devices for numerous applications such as flexible thermal management, temperature stabilization in industrial processing, temperature sensing, and flexible/wearable devices for human healthcare applications.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to paper, in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2019 00:29
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2019 02:52
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091299 Materials Engineering not elsewhere classified
09 Engineering > 0915 Interdisciplinary Engineering > 091599 Interdisciplinary Engineering not elsewhere classified
09 Engineering > 0906 Electrical and Electronic Engineering > 090699 Electrical and Electronic Engineering not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1002/mame.201900014
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/36578

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