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Research activities in materials for sensors span synthesis, processing, characterisation and modelling to device fabrication. Research on oxide functional ceramics is focused on ferroelectrics and brings together expertise in electromechanical properties and ferroelasticity. Conductive polymer composites, incorporating carbon nanotubes or graphene, are developed to sense external stimuli such as chemicals, gases, vapour, mechanical strain, and temperature for application areas such as smart textiles, smart elastomeric devices, structural health monitoring and medical applications. Polymeric sensors and actuators based on liquid crystals are also being developed for stimuli like light or chemical environment such as humidity or  CO2.

Key Publications

Yan HX, Ning HP, Kan YM, Wang PL and Reece MJ (2009). Piezoelectric Ceramics with Super-High Curie Points.J Am Ceram Soc  vol. 92, (10) 2270-2275. 10.1111/j.1551-2916.2009.03209.x

Deng H, Skipa T, Bilotti E, Zhang R, Lellinger D, Mezzo L, Fu Q, Alig I and Peijs T (2010). Preparation of high-performance conductive polymer fibers through morphological control of networks formed by nanofillers. Advanced Functional Materials  vol. 20, (9) 1424-1432. 10.1002/adfm.200902207

Van Oosten CL, Bastiaansen CWM and Broer DJ (2009). Printed artificial cilia from liquid-crystal network actuators modularly driven by light. Nature Materials  vol. 8, (8) 677-682. 10.1038/nmat2487

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