Sensitive capacitive pressure sensors based on graphene membrane arrays

Makars Šiškins*, Martin Lee, Dominique Wehenkel, Richard van Rijn, Tijmen W. de Jong, Johannes R. Renshof, Berend C. Hopman, Willemijn S.J.M. Peters, Dejan Davidovikj, Herre S.J. van der Zant, Peter G. Steeneken

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The high flexibility, impermeability and strength of graphene membranes are key properties that can enable the next generation of nanomechanical sensors. However, for capacitive pressure sensors, the sensitivity offered by a single suspended graphene membrane is too small to compete with commercial sensors. Here, we realize highly sensitive capacitive pressure sensors consisting of arrays of nearly ten thousand small, freestanding double-layer graphene membranes. We fabricate large arrays of small-diameter membranes using a procedure that maintains the superior material and mechanical properties of graphene, even after high-temperature annealing. These sensors are readout using a low-cost battery-powered circuit board, with a responsivity of up to 47.8 aF Pa−1 mm−2, thereby outperforming the commercial sensors.

Original languageEnglish
Article number102
Number of pages9
JournalMicrosystems and Nanoengineering
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2020


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