For athletes involved in strenuous workouts, drinking enough fluid can be the difference between victory and defeat. But recognizing dehydration in its early stages can be difficult.
What if there were an easy way to provide an early warning? Twinkle Pandhi, a doctoral student in the materials science and engineering Ph.D. program, is working to develop a wearable biometric sensor to detect hydration in athletes.
Her main focus is formulating ink made from 2D materials that can be printed on a flexible substrate and then can be worn as an adhesive bandage. Unlike 3D materials, 2D materials, such as graphene, consist of a single layer of atoms.
Pandhi worked on the project as a summer intern at the Center for Nanotechnology at NASA Ames Research Center, characterizing some fundamental transport properties of 2D materials synthesized in Boise State’s Integrated NanoMaterials Laboratory (INML).