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TitleAg-TiN<inf>x</inf> electrodes deposited on piezoelectric poly(vinylidene fluoride) for biomedical sensor applications
Author(s)Marques, S. M.
Manninen, N. K.
Lanceros-Méndez, S.
Carvalho, S.
Issue date2015
JournalSensors and Actuators A: Physical
CitationMarques, S. M., Manninen, N. K., Lanceros-Mendez, S., & Carvalho, S. (2015). Ag-TiN<inf>x</inf> electrodes deposited on piezoelectric poly(vinylidene fluoride) for biomedical sensor applications. Sensors and Actuators, A: Physical, 234, 1-8. doi: 10.1016/j.sna.2015.08.016
Abstract(s)Electroactive polymers are one of the most interesting class of polymers used as smart materials in various applications, such as the development of sensors and actuators for biomedical applications in areas such as smart prosthesis, implantable biosensors and biomechanical signal monitoring, among others. For acquiring or applying the electrical signal from/to the piezoelectric material, suitable electrodes can be produced from Ti based coatings with tailored multifunctional properties, conductivity and antibacterial characteristics, through Ag inclusions. This work reports on Ag-TiNx electrodes, deposited by d. c. and pulsed magnetron sputtering at room temperature on poly(vinylidene fluoride), PVDF, the all-round best piezoelectric polymer.. Composition of the electrodes was assessed by microanalysis X-ray system (EDS - energy dispersive spectrometer). The XRD results revealed that the deposition conditions preserve the polymer structure and suggested the presence of crystalline fcc-TiN phase and fcc-Ag phase in samples with N2 flow above 3 sccm. According to the results obtained from SEM analysis, the coatings are homogeneous and Ag clusters were found for samples with nitrogen flow above 3 sccm. With increasing nitrogen flow, the sheet resistivity tend to be lower than the samples without nitrogen, leading also to a decrease of the piezoelectric response. It is concluded that the deposition conditions do significantly affect the piezoelectric polymer, which maintain its characteristics for sensor/actuator applications.
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