Russian-Chinese Grant Awards to the TPU Project for Research on Flexible and Durable Sensors

The second joint competition between the Russian Science Foundation and the National Natural Science Foundation of China to support international Russian-Chinese research teams provided funding for the study. The TPU scientific group TERS-Team, led by Professor Evgenia Sheremet, and their colleagues, led by Professor Ranran Wang from the Shanghai Institute of Ceramics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, are going to develop the fundamentals of the technology for the production of flexible and durable functional sensors without crosstalk. As part of the project, scientists are studying how the materials’ properties for sensors will change at different stages of their technological processing.

This year, the contest gathered a record number of participants. The organizing committee accepted more than 800 applications. 67 projects received support within the framework of the Russian-Chinese partnership. These projects have passed a bilateral international examination and earned the highest rating of both funds.

The project of scientists from the TPU Research School of Chemistry & Applied Biomedical Sciences and the University of China is aimed at developing principles for creating flexible temperature and pressure sensors. The areas of application are practically unlimited: from transportation and energy to medicine.

“Chinese colleagues have accumulated serious experience in the synthesis of various materials, including such unique materials as maxenes and organometallic frameworks. These materials are applied by inkjet printing, which makes it possible to create structures of the desired shape. Such materials work well for the production of various types of sensors and transducers. Our research group is engaged in the laser processing of materials, which makes it possible to modify their properties. In addition, we have learned how to create composites using a laser and thus increase the stability of materials. The essence of the joint project is to use the materials of our colleagues and our processing methods to develop flexible sensors based on these most interesting structures,”

Evgenia Sheremet, professor of TPU Research School of Chemistry & Applied Biomedical Sciences, says.

Scientists expect that such approaches will make it possible to create environmentally friendly and technologically advanced sensors in the future. These sensors will be lightweight, and the technology for their production should be easily scalable and inexpensive.

“Another task of the study is to find the possibility of using different sensors at the same time. As platforms integrate more and more sensors and become more compact, sensors are starting to respond to changes they shouldn't. By choosing the right materials and methods for their modification, we can ensure that two sensors, despite the fact that they are on the same platform, do not interfere with each other’s work,”

notes Evgenia Sheremet.

According to the terms of the contest, the project must be implemented within 2023–2025.