Stretchable and reversibly deformable radio frequency antennas based on silver nanowires.

@article{Song2014StretchableAR,
  title={Stretchable and reversibly deformable radio frequency antennas based on silver nanowires.},
  author={Lingnan Song and Amanda C. Myers and Jacob J. Adams and Yong Zhu},
  journal={ACS applied materials & interfaces},
  year={2014},
  volume={6 6},
  pages={4248-53}
}
We demonstrate a class of microstrip patch antennas that are stretchable, mechanically tunable, and reversibly deformable. The radiating element of the antenna consists of highly conductive and stretchable material with screen-printed silver nanowires embedded in the surface layer of an elastomeric substrate. A 3-GHz microstrip patch antenna and a 6-GHz 2-element patch array are fabricated. Radiating properties of the antennas are characterized under tensile strain and agree well with the… CONTINUE READING
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