3D-Printed Disposable Wireless Sensors with Integrated Microelectronics for Large Area Environmental Monitoring

Muhammad Fahad Farooqui, Muhammad Akram Karimi, Khaled N. Salama, Atif Shamim

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Abstract

Large area environmental monitoring can play a crucial role in dealing with crisis situations. However, it is challenging as implementing a fixed sensor network infrastructure over large remote area is economically unfeasible. This work proposes disposable, compact, dispersible 3D-printed wireless sensor nodes with integrated microelectronics which can be dispersed in the environment and work in conjunction with few fixed nodes for large area monitoring applications. As a proof of concept, the wireless sensing of temperature, humidity, and H2S levels are shown which are important for two critical environmental conditions namely forest fires and industrial leaks. These inkjet-printed sensors and an antenna are realized on the walls of a 3D-printed cubic package which encloses the microelectronics developed on a 3D-printed circuit board. Hence, 3D printing and inkjet printing are uniquely combined in order to realize a low-cost, fully integrated wireless sensor node.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1700051
JournalAdvanced Materials Technologies
Volume2
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - May 19 2017

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