Graphene screen-printed radio-frequency identification devices on flexible substrates


Arapov, K., Jaakkola, K., Ermolov, V., Bex, G., Rubingh, E., Haque, S., Sandberg, H., Abbel, R., de With, G. & Friedrich, H. (2016). Graphene screen-printed radio-frequency identification devices on flexible substrates. Physica Status Solidi : RRL Rapid Research Letters, 10(11), 812-818. In Scopus Cited 6 times.

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Despite the great promise of printed flexible electronics from 2D crystals, and especially graphene, few scalable applications have been reported so far that can be termed roll-to-roll compatible. Here we combine screen printed graphene with photonic annealing to realize radio-frequency identification devices with a reading range of up to 4 meters. Most notably our approach leads to fatigue resistant devices showing less than 1% deterioration of electrical properties after 1000 bending cycles. The bending fatigue resistance demonstrated on a variety of technologically relevant plastic and paper substrates renders the material highly suitable for various printable wearable devices, where repeatable dynamic bending stress is expected during usage. All applied printing and post-processing methods are compatible with roll-to-roll manufacturing and temperature sensitive flexible substrates providing a platform for the scalable manufacturing of mechanically stable and environmentally friendly graphene printed electronics. (Figure presented.).