Humidity-sensitive polymer, namely poly(vinyl alcohol-co-vinyl acetal) was deposited on a flexible poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) substrate pre-covered with sputtered Au:Pd thin layer in order to develop an optical flexible humidity sensor. Spin-coating method was applied for the thin polymer film deposition. The optical and sensing properties of the device were studied after repeated bending deformation in the range 25−1000 times. Transmittance measurements at different levels of relative humidity were conducted in order to examine the sensing properties of probed flexible sample. The influence of the number of bending deformations on performance of the sensor is studied and the possibility for its successful application is demonstrated and discussed.
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Study of the effect of bending deformation on the performance of flexible polymer layered humidity sensor
Published: 17 May 2021 by MDPI in 8th International Symposium on Sensor Science session Flexible and Stretchable Sensors
https://doi.org/10.3390/I3S2021Dresden-10069 (registering DOI)
Keywords: humidity; optical sensor; polymers; flexible substrates; PET; thin films