Wearable patches developed at RMIT University can detect harmful UV radiation and dangerous gases like hydrogen and nitrogen dioxide

Researchers at RMIT University in Australia have developed stretchy sensors that detect harmful UV radiation and toxic gases such as hydrogen and nitrogen dioxide. The transparent and flexible sensors can either be worn as patches on the skin like a nicotine patch or incorporated into a person's clothing.

This research was carried out by Dr. Madhu Bhaskaran, co-leader of the RMIT Functional Materials and Microsystems Research Group, and PhD researcher Philipp Gutruf. It follows the university's MicroNano Research Facility breakthrough in bendable electronics, which has helped paved the way for flexible mobile phones. Recently published in leading micro/nano-science journal Small, the research was supported by the Australian Research Council.

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