EPFL/IMT/SAMLAB
Expert in printed and smart systems on flexible foil, power MEMS, micromachined sensors and micro analytical instruments for gas detection.
Danick Briand
EPFL
TWIGS
Textiles With Integrated Gas Sensors

CSEM/Division Thin Film Optics 
Expert in thin film optics
Giovanni Nisato
CSEM
ETHZ/D-ITET/IFE
Expert in Wearable Systems
Gerhard Tröster
ETHZ

Project Description

While flexible pressure and temperature sensors are relatively easy to realise, gas sensors are more challenging due to their more complex structure involving gas sensitive materials that must have access to the external environment. Particularly for gas sensors targeting smart textile applications, the challenge is significantly greater since the industrial weaving is a very abrasive process. The main target of TWIGS is  to design, fabricate and characterise a mechanically robust thin-film capacitive gas sensor platform compatible with industrial weaving processes. The targeted sensor platform is particularly interesting to develop textile integrated sensors arrays with each individual sensor functionalised with a different sensing material to perform complex sensing tasks. 

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Notable publications

Large-area compatible fabrication and encapsulation of inkjet-printed humidity sensors on flexible foils with integrated thermal compensation
F Molina-Lopez, A Vásquez Quintero, G Mattana, D Briand, NF De Rooij
Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering

Properties and printability of inkjet and screen-printed silver patterns for RFID antennas
José F Salmerón, Francisco Molina-Lopez, Danick Briand, Jason J Ruan, Almudena Rivadeneyra, Miguel A Carvajal, LF Capitan-Vallvey, Nico F de Rooij, Alberto J Palma
Journal of Electronic Materials

All additive inkjet printed humidity sensors on plastic substrate
F Molina-Lopez, D Briand, NF De Rooij
Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical

Humidity and Temperature Sensors on Plastic Foil for Textile Integration
C. Ataman, T. Kinkeldei, A. Vasquez-Quintero, F. Molina-Lopez, J. Courbat, K. Cherenack, D. Briand, G. Tröster, N. F. de Rooij
Eurosensors XXV, Athens, Greece, September 4-7, 2011, in Procedia Engineering 25, 136-139 (2011)

Posters from 2012


Temperature and Humidity Sensors on Flexible Substrates for E-textile Applications
Mattana, Kinkeldei, Leuenberger, Ataman, Molina Lopez, Vasquez Quintero, Tröster, Nisato, Briand, de Rooij

Posters from 2011


TWIGS: Textile With Integrated Gas Sensors
C. Ataman, T. Kinkeldei, D. Leuenberger, A. Vasquez, F. Molina-Lopez, J. Courbat, K. Cherenack, D. Briand, G. Nisato, G. Tröster