We successfully fabricated a large-area flexible strain-sensing system based on a 2-D array of organic self-bias-feedback amplifier with a signal gain of 400. The amplifier system consists of three layers: a self-assembled monolayer (SAM) capacitor matrix, a 2-D array of organic pseudo-CMOS inverters with a floating-gate structure using SAM gate dielectric, and an active matrix of organic thin-film transistors. The amplifier sheet comprises 8 × 8 amplifier cells, with an effective size of 7 ×7 cm2. The organic transistors exhibit a mobility of 1.7 cm2V. s in the saturation regime at an operation voltage of 2 V. A strain sensor is made of a polymeric piezoelectric [polyvinylidene difluoride (PVDF)] sheet. When a cell of the PVDF sheet is touched (that is, when mechanical pressure is applied), a small signal is generated by intermolecular polarization in the PVDF. These signals are amplified by the organic amplifier circuits from 10 to 150 mV.
- Flexible electronics
- large-area sensor
- thin-film transistors (TFTs)
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering