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Temporary tattoos to monitor sweat

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    The idea is to use temporary tattoos to diagnose metabolic disorders or warn of dehydration.
    The tattoos will feature layers of silver, carbon fiber-modified carbon and insulator inks, followed by electropolymerization of aniline to complete the sensing surface. The tattoos will stay in place even on extremely sweaty skin, and different sensing materials will be incorporated to allow the tattoos to detect other components of sweat.
    Applications for the tattoo will include the cosmetics industry, helping to diagnose diseases such as Addison's disease or signaling if an athlete has become dehydrated or fatigued during training.
Dr. Gibbson
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