Significance of Nanomaterials in Wearables: A Review on Wearable Actuators and Sensors

Adv Mater. 2019 Feb;31(7):e1805921. doi: 10.1002/adma.201805921. Epub 2018 Dec 27.


Together with the evolution of digital health care, the wearable electronics field has evolved rapidly during the past few years and is expected to be expanded even further within the first few years of the next decade. As the next stage of wearables is predicted to move toward integrated wearables, nanomaterials and nanocomposites are in the spotlight of the search for novel concepts for integration. In addition, the conversion of current devices and attachment-based wearables into integrated technology may involve a significant size reduction while retaining their functional capabilities. Nanomaterial-based wearable sensors have already marked their presence with a significant distinction while nanomaterial-based wearable actuators are still at their embryonic stage. This review looks into the contribution of nanomaterials and nanocomposites to wearable technology with a focus on wearable sensors and actuators.

Keywords: nanocomposites; nanomaterials; wearable actuators; wearable electronics; wearable sensors.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Accelerometry / instrumentation
  • Drug Delivery Systems / instrumentation
  • Humans
  • Monitoring, Physiologic / instrumentation
  • Nanostructures*
  • Wearable Electronic Devices*