With the recent developments in the areas of Internet of Things, wearable consumer gadgets, and artificial intelligence, flexible and stretchable electronic devices have spurred great interest in global scientific and industrial communities. As an emerging technology, it requires the scale-span fabrication of devices, involving nanofeatures, microstructures, and macroscopic large-area manufacturing. The key factor behind their performance characteristics and potential applications is the accurate control of multiple functional materials at their interfaces. The materials involved, such as organics, metals, and ceramics, have completely different mechanical and electrical properties and require multidisciplinary investigations in the areas of chemistry, physics, materials science, biotechnology, and electronic engineering. This book is a timely and comprehensive overview of the operating mechanisms, materials selection, device structure and circuit design, fabrication methods, and a range of applications of flexible electronics. It discusses their prospective transition from research and laboratory prototypes to commercial products and examines the research progress achieved in this field around the world.
- Covers research on flexible and stretchable electronic devices, including aspects from chemistry, physics, materials science, and information technology
- Includes contributions from a group of experts in the field of flexible and stretchable electronic materials and devices, and is co-edited by Professor Dr. Run-Wei Li and Professor Dr. Gang Liu, international leader in the related fields
- Illustrated throughout with excellent figures and references to accompany each section
"This book is an impressive and comprehensive review of the state of the art and promising future concerning materials, designs, and devices for flexible and stretchable electronics. It covers various nano-, organic, and inorganic materials with unique mechanical and electrical properties and their applications in this field. It is an excellent reference for university teachers and a source of inspiration for researchers in materials science, nanotechnology, chemistry, physics, and electronic engineering, especially those with an interest in next-generation information and energy-storage devices.”
~Prof. Xiaodong Chen, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore