North Carolina State University is seeking an industrial partner to commercialize a new flexible and stretchable electronic.
Flexible electronics, electronic devices that may be rolled, folded, stretched or bent without losing functionality, is a rapidly growing field. These flexible electronics may be a replacement of traditional printed circuit boards and enable new functionalities that existing technologies do not have. However typically flexible electronics require expensive processing techniques, which limits their applications in devices.
Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed at 2D “skin” that is conductive, stretchable and thin. The mechanical properties are defined by the polymer casing and the thickness can be varied according to application. Fabrication is straightforward and uses known techniques. It could be used in a variety of applications that require flexible electronics including stretchable electronics, wearable devices and electronic “skins”.
This is an inexpensive stretchable electronic that has a variety of applications, including: soft robotics, wearable devises, strain sensors and interconnectors.
- Uses commercially available manufacturing techniques
- Conductive at high strains
- Potential application in flexible electronics.
About the Lead Inventor
Dr. Michael Dickey is an Associate Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at North Carolina State University. He received a PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin where he also received a Master’s of Science in Chemical Engineering. He was a post-doctoral fellow in the chemistry department at Harvard University. Professor Dickey’s research focuses on developing alternative micro- and nano-fabrication techniques and studying the fundamental properties of the materials that are used or produced by these processes.