Department seminar: Flexible Organic Sensors for Biomechanical Measurements October 25th 12-1pm

Professor Tse Nga Tina Ng

University of California San Diego (UCSD)

Flexible Organic Sensors for Biomechanical Measurements

Date: Friday October 25th 12-1pm

Location: LAS 3033

Lunch bites will be provided.


Rapid, on-site assessment is highly desirable in the fields of both medical treatment and novel robotics. To achieve this goal, our research aims to develop low-cost, flexible, large-area sensor devices for different health applications. In this presentation, we discuss case studies for two different point-of-use applications:

1) Motor skills characterization. There is no objective metric for evaluating motor skill training progress, and current assessments rely on qualitative surveys. We have fabricated an instrumented glove with touch sensors on textile for motor characterization. This glove could find future use for characterizing motor skills of people suffering from autism, Parkinson’s disease, and other neurological motor disorders.

2) Physiological measurement. Cardiovascular monitors are being developed using organic photosensors responsive to the short wavelength infrared (SWIR) spectra. Currently conventional SWIR sensors are limited by complex die transfer and bonding processing. Here we are advancing SWIR photodiodes by using a new generation of semiconducting polymers that are processed by solution processing techniques and allow simple direct deposition. The bulk heterojunction photodiodes show photo-response spanning from the visible to 1.7 micron. We develop a physical model to pinpoint the origins of efficiency losses by decoupling the exciton dissociation efficiency and charge collection efficiency, and identify avenues that will improve sensor detectivity. Several demonstrations will show the various potential applications of organic SWIR photodiodes including blood pulse measurements, spectroscopic identification, and image reconstruction.


Dr. Tse Nga Tina Ng is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of California San Diego (UCSD), USA. She received her PhD in Physical Chemistry under the supervision of Professor John Marohn at Cornell University. Subsequently she worked at Palo Alto Research Center before joining UCSD in 2015. Her projects involved engineering solution materials and inventing new devices and systems using ink-jet and other types of digital fabrication. Her work on printed systems has received the 2012 Innovation Award from Flextech Alliance, named Runner-up for the Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Award, and received second place in the 2017 Bell Lab Prize. She is a member of the External Advisory Board for Partnership for Research and Education in Materials (PREM) and is on the Editorial Board of the journal Flexible Printed Electronics and ACS Applied Electronic Materials.

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