Real-Time Personal Fever Alert Monitoring by Wearable Detector Based on Thermoresponsive Hydrogel
KAUST DepartmentBiological and Environmental Science and Engineering (BESE) Division
Environmental Nanotechnology Lab
Environmental Science and Engineering
Environmental Science and Engineering Program
Water Desalination and Reuse Research Center (WDRC)
Online Publication Date2021-03-23
Print Publication Date2021-04-09
Embargo End Date2022-03-23
Permanent link to this recordhttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/668222
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AbstractQuick fever screening at a mass scale is proven effective during a pandemic to single out the ones with suspected symptoms of infectious diseases. However, achieving affordable and real-time fever alert at an individual level, although more preferable, remains elusive. Herein, we report an inexpensive and highly sensitive fever detector, which possesses a sharp color transition temperature window tailor-tuned for fever screening. The sensing component of the detector is rationally designed thermoresponsive agarose@poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)-co-acrylamide hydrogel. The hydrogel turns from transparent to opaque white when its temperature is higher than its cloud point. As a proof of concept of its practical applicability, a wearable fever monitoring device was fabricated in the form of a wristband. When the wrist temperature is higher than the threshold of a human fever, the device shows a remarkable color change, alerting an elevated body temperature. The wearable detector provides a promising strategy for real-time fever alert monitoring and is capable of making contributions to inhibit the spread of infectious diseases during a pandemic.
CitationWang, W., Wu, C., Zhu, K., Chen, F., Zhou, J., Shi, Y., … Wang, P. (2021). Real-Time Personal Fever Alert Monitoring by Wearable Detector Based on Thermoresponsive Hydrogel. ACS Applied Polymer Materials. doi:10.1021/acsapm.0c01275
SponsorsThe authors are grateful to the KAUST for the very generous financial support.
PublisherAmerican Chemical Society (ACS)
JournalACS Applied Polymer Materials