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2024 Jun 18

ACS Appl Mater Interfaces


An Artificial Universal Tactile Nociceptor Based on 2D Polymer Film Memristor Arrays with Tunable Resistance Switching Behaviors.


Du S, Song Y, Yuan J, Hao R, Wu L, Lei S, Hu W


Nociceptor is an important receptor in the organism’s sensory system; it can perceive harmful stimuli and send signals to the brain in order to protect the body in time. The injury degree of nociceptor can be divided into three stages: self-healing injury, treatable injury, and permanent injury. However, the current studies on nociceptor simulation are limited to the self-healing stage due to the limitation of the untunable resistance switching behavior of memristors. In this study, we constructed Al/2DP/Ag memristor arrays with adjustable memory behaviors to emulate the nociceptor of biological neural network of all three stages. For this purpose, a PDMS/AgNWs/ITO/PET pressure sensor was assembled to mimic the tactile perception of the skin. The memristor arrays can not only simulate all the response of nociceptor, i.e., the threshold, relaxation, no adaptation, and sensitization with the self-healing injury, but can also simulate the treatable injury and the permanent injury. These behaviors are both demonstrated with a single memristor and in the form of pattern mapping of the memristor array.