Chemical Effect of Halide Ligands on the Electromechanical Properties of Ag Nanocrystal Thin Films for Wearable Sensors

Junhyuk Ahn, Sanghyun Jeon, Woo Seok Lee, Ho Kun Woo, Donggyu Kim, Junsung Bang, Soong Ju Oh

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We investigated the chemical effects of halide ligands on the electromechanical properties of Ag nanocrystal (NC) thin films for potential uses in wearable devices and sensors. The halide treatments induced changes in the sizes of sintered NCs, interparticle distances, and microscale surface morphologies. Various characterization techniques and models were used to study the origin of nanoscale and microscale structures, their surface chemistries, and their effects on the electronic and electromechanical properties of the Ag NC thin films. The results indicated that the halide treatments led to changes in the electromechanical gauge factor, which varied from 5 to 600. On the basis of these controllable properties, stable wearable electrodes and sensitive gauge sensors were fabricated. Finally, through all-solution processing, we fabricated directly readable wearable circuits and highly sensitive sensors, in which the motion is detected by the intensity of light through the naked eye. We believe that this work will provide fundamental understanding of the chemical effects of nanostructures on electromechanical properties and a pathway to developing a low-cost, high-performance wearable technology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18087-18094
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry C
Issue number29
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Jul 25

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by the Nano-Material Technology Development Program (2009-0082580), the Basic Science Research Program (2019R1C1C1003319), and Future Planning and Creative Materials Discovery Program (NRF-2018M3D1A1059001) through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) and Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) (18A-002).

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© 2019 American Chemical Society.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • General Energy
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films


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