Recent Application of Cellulose Gel in Flexible Sensing-A Review

Yixuan Li,1 

Jing Guo,1 

Ming Li,1 

Yutong Tang,1 

Vignesh Murugadoss,2 

Ilwoo Seok,3 

Jingfang Yu,4 

Luyi Sun,

Caiying Sun1*Email

Yangchao Luo6*Email

1College of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Resource Utilization, Northeast Forestry University, Harbin 150040, China.

2Advanced Materials Division, Engineered Multifunctional Composites (EMC) Nanotech. LLC, Knoxville, TN 37934 USA

3 Mechanical Engineering, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, Arkansas, 72401 USA

4 Chemistry Research Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, University of Oxford, 12 Mansfield Road, Oxford, OX1 3TA, UK

5 Polymer Program, Institute of Materials Science and Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269, USA

6 Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269, USA


There is a huge and growing demand for flexible electronics for electronic skin, wearable devices and medical equipment. At the same time, celluloses with the special crystal shape, surface structure, good biocompatibility and easy degradability is frequently used as a substrate or modified substance for flexible electronic equipment. Therefore, the use of cellulose as a raw material is expected to contribute to environmental protection and help to overcome problems such as biocompatibility and stretchability required by flexible sensing devices. The goal of this review is to provide an overview on the latest developments in cellulose gel-based flexible sensors, especially focusing on the detailed descriptions of the major three applications in electronic skin, sports equipment and medical equipment, as well as the relationship between the structure and properties of the cellulose gel material. Finally, an outlook of the challenges and future possibilities for development of flexible sensing equipment based on cellulose gel material is presented.

Recent Application of Cellulose Gel in Flexible Sensing-A Review