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This study reports on the fabrication and characterization of an event detection subsystem composed of a flexible piezoelectric pressure sensor and the electronic interface to be integrated into an implantable artificial pancreas (IAP) for diabetic patients. The developed sensor is made of an AlN layer, sandwiched between two Ti electrodes, sputtered on Kapton substrate, with a preferential orientation along c-axis which guarantees the best piezoelectric response. The IAP is made of an intestinal wall-interfaced refilling module, able to dock an ingestible insulin capsule. A linearly actuated needle punches the duodenum tissue and then the PDMS capsule to transfer the insulin to an implanted reservoir. The device is located at the connection of the needle with the linear actuator to reliably detect the occurred punching of the insulin-filled capsule. Finite Element Analysis (FEA) simulations were performed to evaluate …
Nature Publishing Group
Publication date: 
20 Nov 2019
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Volume: 9 Issue: 1 Pages: 1-11
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