International Journal of Material Science and Research

ISSN: 2638-1559


International Conference on Materials Science and Research
November 16-18, 2017 Dubai, UAE

Sensing Human Pulse-Rate Using Ionic Polymer Metal Composite (IPMC)

Debabrata Chatterjee

Research Advisor, Vice Chancellorʼs Research Group, University of Burdwan, India

DOI: 10.18689/2638-1559.a1.004

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Development of smart material using ionic polymer-metal composites (IPMCs) is a demanding area of research. The IPMCs are now recognized to have potential applications in developing bio-mimetic sensors, actuators, transducers, and artificial muscles. The IPMCs offer several advantages such as bio-compatibility, low power consumption and miniaturization. We have been engaged in developing IPMC based actuators and sensors. Recently we have reported results of the actuation and sensing studies of a five-fingered miniaturized robotic hand fabricated by using IPMC. Very recently, we have explored the possibility of using Nafion based IPMC for sensing the rhythm of human pulse and hear rate. In this talk the concept of a novel pulse rate sensing device is introduced exhibiting the proof-of-principle of the mechano-electrical functions of the device, namely IPMC film prepared by surface platinization of the ionic-polymer film.

Keywords: Ionic-Polymer-Metal-Composite (IPMC); Actuators; Sensors.