In the near future, portable electronic devices, such as cellular phones, electronic papers, solar cell arrays, and others, are going to require light weight and mechanically flexible designs in order to reduce the handling constraints. In particular, biomedical implantable electronics are required to be both bio-compatible and stretchable or compressible such that they can conformally be placed on human body parts or other movable systems.
In order to develop the related materials and devices using conventional planar-based microelectronics processing technology, transfer technology from a flat to a non-planar geometry is one of the challenging issues. In this flexible electronics laboratory, we pursue developing micro/nano-scaled opto/electronic organic/inorganic materials and reorganizing them into 2- or 3-dimensionally stretchable/compressible functional devices. Specifically, we focus on developing various flexible electronic devices such as non-planar and stretchable/compressible biomedical smart gloves, multi-functional cloths, detectors, display devices, solar cell arrays, and bio-mimic systems that respond to environment stimuli.
First, development of thin electronic materials is needed to enable flexibility.
Second, mechanical deformation should be possible to make a device not only flexible but stretchable or compressible.
Third, transformation from planar to curvilinear structure enables device implantation on various complex substrates.