The Effect of Humidity on Microwave Characteristics of Screen Printed Paper-Based Electronics

Shenton, Samantha, Cooke, Michael, Racz, Zoltan, Balocco, Claudio and Wood, David (2018) The Effect of Humidity on Microwave Characteristics of Screen Printed Paper-Based Electronics. Physica Status Solidi (a), 215 (11). p. 1700689. ISSN 1862-6300

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Abstract

This paper addresses one of the key issues in using paper electronics at microwave frequencies. As paper is hygroscopic, the varying moisture content can lead to differing dielectric and even conductive properties of paper electronics and must be taken into consideration in any device design. In this work, coplanar waveguides (CPWs) have been screen printed using silver ink on matt paper. Increasing the relative humidity between 40 and 90% is shown to increase the losses, decrease the propagation velocity and decrease the characteristic impedance of CPWs. The effect of water on both silver flake ink and the matt paper used in this work are considered, and it is shown that the change in permittivity of the substrate as a result of absorbed water within paper is the most dominant factor on the microwave characteristics. The reported findings should be considered in paper‐based applications at microwave frequencies, as the changes in transmission‐line parameters can lead to drastic variations in device and system operation.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: paper, electronics, screen print, microwave, humidity
Subjects: F200 Materials Science
H600 Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Geography and Environmental Sciences
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 02 May 2018 11:53
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2019 03:30
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/34133

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