Synthesis and Fabrication of Supramolecular Polydimethylsiloxane-Based Nanocomposite Elastomer for Versatile and Intelligent Sensing


High-performance strain sensors featuring self-healing ability and high stretchability are desired for human motion detection, soft robotics, and diver intelligent applications. Herein, a novel self-healing elastomer was synthesized via a facile one-pot polycondensation reaction between bis(3-aminopropyl) terminated polydimethylsiloxane and 2,4’-tolylene diisocyanate, followed by introducing carboxyl-functionalized multiwalled carbon nanotubes (CNTs). The physically entangled linear molecular chains and multiple hydrogen bonds endowed elastomer with a remarkable healing efficiency of 98.1% and outstanding stretchability of over 1000%. Owing to the conductive network constructed by the uniformly dispersed CNT, the nanocomposite elastomer-based strain sensor achieved a high gauge factor of 2.43 and its sensing performance could be well regained after self-healing. The strain sensor was successfully used for detecting various human motions and distinguishing facial microexpressions. Moreover, the nanocomposite elastomer applied on a grip ball and woolen glove as sensing units rendered them with the ability of grip force detection and sign language recognition. This work offers a new route and a promising self-healing nanocomposite elastomer for the development of recyclable and sustainable high-performance strain sensors and prospects its advanced intelligent applications.

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Divisions: College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > School of Infrastructure and Sustainable Engineering > Engineering Systems and Supply Chain Management
Additional Information: This document is the Accepted Manuscript version of a Published Work that appeared in final form in Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, copyright © American Chemical Society after peer review and technical editing by the publisher. To access the final edited and published work see Funding: The authors would like to acknowledge the financial support of the Natural Research Science Foundation of Hunan Province (2020JJ4266), the Research Project of the Educational Commission of Hunan Province (18B297)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Chemistry(all),Chemical Engineering(all),Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
Publication ISSN: 1520-5045
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2024 16:01
Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2021 08:19
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Published Date: 2021-07-21
Published Online Date: 2021-07-08
Accepted Date: 2021-06-28
Authors: Jing, Xin
Ma, Zhenping
Antwi-Afari, Maxwell Fordjour (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-6812-7839)
Wang, Lin
Li, Heng
Mi, Hao-Yang
Feng, Pei-Yong
Liu, Yuejun



Version: Accepted Version

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