The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Enabling Battery-less Wearable Sensors via Intra-Body Power Transfer

Date Funded: 
Apr 25, 2019
Funding Organization: 
Armstrong Fund for Science

Yeonsik Noh, PhD, Assistant Professor, College of Nursing/ Electrical and Computer Engineering Department (as co-PI) and Sunghoon Ivan Lee, PhD, Assistant Professor in the College of Information and Computer Sciences, are the winners of the Armstrong Fund for Science 2019 competition for their proposal, "Enabling Battery-less Wearable Sensors via Intra-Body Power Transfer.” 

The aim of the project is to develop a novel concept of wirelessly transferring power through human skin to enable battery-less wearable sensors that can be ultra-miniaturized and ergonomically designed for placement on small body parts. Examples would be sensors designed for on-finger, in-ear, in-tooth or other places that would not accommodate on-device batteries.


The Armstrong Fund for Science, administered by the UMass Amherst Office of Research Development, supports exciting and innovative research via an annual competition. This year, the review panel selected the winning proposal from among five entries and granted $40,000 over two years to Drs. Lee and Noh.