Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 53, Issue 12, pp 9026–9033 | Cite as

Preparation of fabric strain sensor based on graphene for human motion monitoring

  • Hanna Lee
  • Mary J. Glasper
  • Xinda Li
  • John A. Nychka
  • Jane Batcheller
  • Hyun-Joong Chung
  • Yi Chen


To date, wearable sensors are increasingly finding their way into application of healthcare monitoring, body motion detection and so forth. A stretchable and wearable strain senor was fabricated on the basis of commercially available spandex/nylon fabric by the integration of conductive graphene network. Specifically, a simple graphene oxide dip-reduce method that enabled scalable fabrication pathway was employed. The good recovery of the graphene-coated fabric led to consistent resistance values despite the strain applied on the fabric and exhibited high gauge factor around 18.5 at 40.6% strain. Moreover, the graphene-coated fabric sensor could detect human motions such as finger bending with acceptable mechanical properties against un-coated fabrics, indicating that it has huge potential in wearable sensors applications.



We acknowledge the NSERC RGPIN 435914 for financial support of this work.

Authors contribution

HL, MG, HC and YC conceived ideas. HL, MG and XL performed experiments. XL and HC established graphene reduction protocols. HL and MG wrote manuscript. All authors have given approval to the final version of the manuscript.

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that there is no conflict of interest regarding the publication of this paper.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Chemical EngineeringMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada
  2. 2.Department of Human EcologyUniversity of AlbertaEdmontonCanada
  3. 3.Department of Chemical and Materials EngineeringUniversity of AlbertaEdmontonCanada
  4. 4.ScionRotoruaNew Zealand

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