Screen-printed and spray coated graphene-based RFID transponders

Kaarle Jaakkola, Vladimir Ermolov, Panagiotis Karagiannidis, Stephen Hodge, Lucia Lombardi, Xiao Zhang, R Grenman, Henrik Sandberg, Antonio Lombardo, Andrea C Ferrari

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We report Ultra-High-Frequency (UHF, 800MHz-1GHz) Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) transponders consisting of printed dipole antennas combined with RFID microchips. These are fabricated on Kapton via screen printing and on paper via spray coating, using inks obtained via microfluidization of graphite. We introduce a hybrid antenna structure, where an Al loop (small compared to the overall size of the antenna) is connected to a microchip with the double function of matching the impedances of antenna and microchip and avoiding bonding between exfoliated graphite and chip. The transponders have reading distance11m at UHF RFID frequencies, larger than previously reported for graphene-based RFID and comparable with commercial transponders based on metallic antennas.
Original languageEnglish
Article number015019
Number of pages9
Journal2D Materials
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2020
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


We acknowledge funding from EU Graphene Flagship, the French RENATECH network, ERC Grants Hetero2D and MINERGRACE, EPSRC Grants EP/K01711X/1, EP/K017144/1, EP/N010345/1, and EP/L016087/1.


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