New method can scale, simplify manufacture of stretchy semiconductors

Image of a stretchy transistor illuminated from above

By Mariah R. Lucas

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Soft, elastic semiconductors and circuits could advance wearable medical devices and other emerging technologies, but the high-performance electronics are difficult and expensive to manufacture. A Penn State-led research team plans to make the process easier and cheaper with a new manufacturing method.

They published their approach Nov. 28 in Nature Electronics.

Joan Redwing

Joan Redwing

Director 2DCC-MIP, Synthesis Lead Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Electrical Engineering

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Suzanne Mohney

Suzanne Mohney

Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, and Electrical Engineering

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Osama Awadelkarim

Osama Awadelkarim

UNESCO Chair Professor and Director of the Center for Nanotechnology Education and Utilization

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