Title: [Inside Front Cover] An Ultrasensitive, Visco-Poroelastic Artificial Mechanotransducer Skin Inspired by Piezo2 Protein in Mammalian Merkel Cells
Author: Ming Liang Jin†, Sangsik Park†, Younghoon Lee, Ji Hye Lee, Junho Chung, Joo Sung Kim, Jong-Seon Kim, So Young Kim, Eunsong Jee, Dae Woo Kim, Jae Woo Chung,Seung Geol Lee, Dukhyun Choi, Hee-Tae Jung* and Do Hwan Kim*
Journal: Advanced Materials, 2017, Vol.29, p.1605973
An artificial ionic mechanotransducer skin with an unprecedented sensitivity over a wide spectrum of pressure by fabricating visco-poroelastic nanochannels and microstructured features, directly mimicking the physiological tactile sensing mechanism of Piezo2 protein is demonstrated. This capability enables voice identification, health monitoring, daily pressure measurements, and even measurements of a heavy weight beyond capabilities of human skin.