Unusual Format Electronics –
Large Area, Flexible and Stretchable

In this project, we are exploring classes of materials and assembly approaches that enable electronic devices with features - area coverage, mechanical properties, or geometrical forms - that would be impossible to achieve using traditional, wafer-based technologies. We pursue not only basic scientific studies in this area, but also engineering efforts to build functional systems that adopt bio-inspired designs or require intimate integration with the human body. Examples of the former include electronic eyeball cameras that exploit curvilinear photodetector arrays for improved imaging characteristics. Examples of the latter include 'tissue-like' bio-integrated electronics for high resolution mapping of electrophysiology in the heart and brain.

Recent papers:

H.C. Ko, M.P. Stoykovich, J. Song, V. Malyarchuk, W.M. Choi, C.-J. Yu, J.B. Geddes, J. Xiao, S. Wang, Y. Huang and J.A. Rogers, “A Hemispherical Electronic Eye Camera Based on Compressible Silicon Optoelectronics,” Nature 454, 748-753 (2008).

Q. Cao, H.-S. Kim, N. Pimparkar, J.P. Kulkarni, C. Wang, M. Shim, K. Roy, M.A. Alam and J.A. Rogers, “Medium-Scale Carbon Nanotube Thin-Film Integrated Circuits on Flexible Plastic Substrates,” Nature 454, 495-500 (2008).

D.-H. Kim, N. Lu, R. Ghaffari, Y.-S. Kim, S.P. Lee, L. Xu, J. Wu, R.-H. Kim, J. Song, Z. Liu, J. Viventi, B. de Graff, B. Elolampi, M. Mansour, M.J. Slepian, S. Hwang, J.D. Moss, S.-M. Won, Y. Huang, B. Litt and J.A. Rogers, "Materials for Multifunctional Balloon Catheters With Capabilities in Cardiac Electrophysiological Mapping and Ablation Therapy," Nature Materials 10, 316-323 (2011).

C. Kocabas, H.-S. Kim, T. Banks, J.A. Rogers, A.A. Pesetski, J.E. Baumgardner, S. V. Krishnaswamy and H. Zhang, “Radio Frequency Analog Electronics Based on Carbon Nanotube Transistors,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 105(5), 1405-1409 (2008).

I. Jung, J. Xiao, V. Malyarchuk, C. Lub, M. Li, Z. Liu, J. Yoon, Y. Huang and J.A. Rogers, "Dynamically Tunable Hemispherical Electronic Eye Camera System with Adjustable Zoom Capability," Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 108(5), 1788-1793 (2011).

D.-H. Kim, J. Viventi, J.J. Amsden, J. Xiao, L. Vigeland, Y.-S. Kim, J.A. Blanco, B. Panilaitis, E.S. Frechette, D. Contreras, D.L. Kaplan, F.G. Omenetto, Y. Huang, K.-C. Hwang, M.R. Zakin, B. Litt and J.A. Rogers, "Dissolvable Films of Silk Fibroin for Ultrathin Conformal Bio-Integrated Electronics," Nature Materials 9, 511-517 (2010).

D.-H. Kim, J.-H. Ahn, W.-M. Choi, H.-S. Kim, T.-H. Kim, J. Song, Y.Y. Huang, L. Zhuangjian, L. Chun and J.A. Rogers, “ Stretchable and Foldable Silicon Integrated Circuits,” Science 320, 507-511 (2008).

J. Viventi, D.-H. Kim, J.D. Moss, Y.-S. Kim, J.A. Blanco, N. Annetta, A. Hicks, J. Xiao, Y. Huang, D.J. Callans, J.A. Rogers and B. Litt, "A Conformal, Bio-Interfaced Class of Silicon Electronics for Mapping Cardiac Electrophysiology," Science Translational Medicine 2:24ra22. DOI:10.1126/scitranslmed.3000738 (2010).