Nanoscale Horizons Outstanding Paper runner-up 2018 enabled by MCN

Fabrication and characterization of staircase-like vertically-aligned gold nanowire (V-AuNW) films. (a) Schematic of the fabrication process of the staircase V-AuNWs film. (b) Top: Cross-sectional schematic diagram of 3-step V-AuNWs film; middle: AFM images of the boundary areas of a 3-step V-AuNWs film; bottom: the corresponding height profiles for each AFM image. (c) The top-view SEM image of the boundary area of the V-AuNWs film. (d) The cross-sectional SEM image of the V-AuNWs film.

A paper by MCN resident users has been selected as the Nanoscale Horizons Outstanding Paper 2018 runner-up.

The paper, A location- and sharpness-specific tactile electronic skin based on staircase-like nanowire patches (DOI: 10.1039/C8NH00125A) was written by Shu Gong, Yan Wang, Lim Wei Yap, Yunzhi Ling, Yunmeng Zhao, Dashen Dong, Qianqian Shi, Yiyi Liu, Hemayet Uddin and ANFF-VIC Technology Ambassador, Wenlong Cheng.

According to the RSC, “The article reports on a tactile electronic skin sensor based on staircase-like vertically aligned gold nanowires. With a back-to-back linear or spiral assembly of two staircase structures into a single sensor, the authors were able to recognize pressure in a highly location-specific manner for both non-stretched and stretched states opening up a new route to highly specific second-skin-like tactile sensors for wearable sensing applications.”

Nanoscale Horizons, a journal published by the UK’s Royal Society of Chemistry, put together a shortlist of articles published during 2018 based on the science presented and the article metrics including average article downloads and citations, and Altmetrics. The shortlist was reviewed by the journal’s Editorial and Advisory Board members.