Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff—An Innovative Patch Has Your Back

SEMI’s Nano-Bio Manufacturing Consortium (NBMC) is in the news again for collaborating on the development of a patch that monitors hydration by measuring electrolyte levels in sweat. The innovative sweat patch is featured in this story by Defense Visual Information Distribution Service (DVIDS).

“Born out of an AFRL (Air Force Research Laboratory) and industry collaboration within the Nano-Bio Manufacturing Consortium (NBMC), a wearable patch is helping researchers make ‘sense’ of the link between sweat and hydration,” the article notes.

NBMC is a diverse group of companies, universities and organizations that brought their enthusiasm and interdisciplinary smarts across nanotechnology, biotechnology, advanced (additive) manufacturing, and flexible electronics to tackle the challenge of underhydration and dehydration for people with high-stress, high performance occupations. The idea was to develop a device that delivers reliable, wireless, actionable human performance data in a non-invasive way.

The team is currently concentrating its efforts on a next-generation of sweat patches that will take what they developed, refine it and even incorporate other sweat-assessment capabilities.

Certainly, the world is their oyster as the patch received recognition at this year’s 2018FLEX conference in February. The article notes:

“The sweat patch development team received the 2018 FLEXI Award for R&D Achievement at the SEMI FLEX Conference and Exhibition in Monterey, California. FLEXI awards recognize groundbreaking accomplishments in the Flexible Hybrid Electronics sector. The award-winning team is comprised of researchers from the Air Force Research Laboratory, GE Global Research, UES, Inc., the University of Arizona, University of Connecticut, University of Massachusetts Amherst and Dublin City University.”

Kudos to the team! We couldn’t be more excited about future developments!

Want more information? Be sure to check out our last blog post on GE's extensive report on the project. Also, visit for more information.


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Topics: dehydration , GE , health monitor , NBMC , Nano-Bio Manufacturing Consortium , SEMICON West