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ESE Seminar: "Fully-printed Stretchable Electronic Devices, Circuits, Sensors, and Displays"

Apr 14
10 a.m.
Green Hall, Room 0120

​Chuan Wang, PhD Assistant, Professor Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Michigan State University and ESE Faculty Candidate, will present.

Abstract: Stretchable electronic systems built on soft elstomeric substrates offer more conformal surface coverage and better durability than flexible electronics, and have generated significant research interests recently for potential applications in wearable/implantable health monitoring and diagnostic devices, electronic skin for prosthesis or soft robotics, stretchable displays and many more. Nevertheless, the large-area and low-cost fabrication of high-performance intrinsically stretchable electronic devices has remained to be extremely challenging. In this talk, I will present our recent work on addressing the two major challenges faced by stretchable electronics - the development of intrinsically-stretchable electronic materials and the need for scalable fabrication processes. We have developed nanomaterials-based metal, semiconductor, and dielectric materials with superior electronic property, stretchability, and inter-layer adhesion. Such materials are formulated as electronic inks to allow highly uniform and scalable material patterning using an inkjet-printing process, allowing us to achieve intrinsically stretchable thin-film transistors (TFTs) and integrated logic circuits made entirely by printing on ultrathin elastic polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) substrates. Electrical and mechanical characterizations reveal that the TFTs and logic circuits can withstand up to 100% tensile strain along either channel length or channel width directions for thousands of cycles while showing no noticeable degradation in electrical performance. In addition to the above, I will also present our work on printed stretchable sensors (pressure, strain, and temperature), photodetectors, and displays. Our platform may offer a new entry into more sophisticated stretchable electronic systems with monolithically integrated sensors, actuators, and displays, fabricated by scalable and low-cost methods for real-life applications.

Host: R. Martin Arthur

Organizer: Kristen Jones (kristen.jones@wustl.edu)