Elena Watts

Imperial College London


Research Project: Flexible nanomaterials for pressure sensing at the screen/human interface
Jason Riley (Imperial)/ ROLI

Elena is working on the project ‘Flexible and transparent piezoresistors for pressure sensing at the machine/human interface’. The movement towards flexible and transparent electronics demands functional components with appropriate material properties. Elena is working on novel ways to create pressure sensors that have both transparency and flexibility using a range of conductive nanomaterials. A multi-step fabrication procedure for an optically transparent piezoresistive material has been developed using a collection of techniques such as metal sputtering, lithography and electrochemical deposition. With her remaining time at Imperial, Elena hopes to study the associated piezoresistive mechanism by conducting in-situ characterisation experiments.