Screen-printed graphene near field communication (NFC) tag antenna is integrated with inkjet-printed WS2 photodetector on paper substrate to fabricate battery-free wireless photosensor. A sequential multi-stack printing is employed for the wireless photosensor fabrication: the NFC tag antenna is first screen-printed with graphene conductive ink and then the photodetector is inkjet-printed with transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) WS2 ink as photoactive component. High responsivity and sensitivity are observed for the WS2 photodetector, which acts as photoactive thermistor of the NFC sensor IC chip. The highly conductive graphene nanoflakes ink enables the screen-printed graphene NFC tag antenna to withdraw sufficient power wirelessly from the reader to power the sensor IC chip. This work demonstrates a prospective approach to manufacture 2D materials enabled electronics where the electronic circuits (normally having a large size) can be realized by mass production screen printing and the sensing component (normally having a small size) can be produced by inkjet printing, enabling low cost and simple fabrication methods, compatible with flexible substrates such as paper.
Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms
- National Graphene Institute