Recent Advances in Flexible and Stretchable Bio-Electronic Devices Integrated with Nanomaterials

Suji Choi, Hyunjae Lee, Roozbeh Ghaffari, Taeghwan Hyeon, Dae Hyeong Kim*

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    Flexible and stretchable electronics and optoelectronics configured in soft, water resistant formats uniquely address seminal challenges in biomedicine. Over the past decade, there has been enormous progress in the materials, designs, and manufacturing processes for flexible/stretchable system subcomponents, including transistors, amplifiers, bio-sensors, actuators, light emitting diodes, photodetector arrays, photovoltaics, energy storage elements, and bare die integrated circuits. Nanomaterials prepared using top-down processing approaches and synthesis-based bottom-up methods have helped resolve the intrinsic mechanical mismatch between rigid/planar devices and soft/curvilinear biological structures, thereby enabling a broad range of non-invasive, minimally invasive, and implantable systems to address challenges in biomedicine. Integration of therapeutic functional nanomaterials with soft bioelectronics demonstrates therapeutics in combination with unconventional diagnostics capabilities. Recent advances in soft materials, devices, and integrated systems are reviewes, with representative examples that highlight the utility of soft bioelectronics for advanced medical diagnostics and therapies.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)4203-4218
    Number of pages16
    JournalAdvanced Materials
    Issue number22
    StatePublished - Jun 8 2016


    • flexible electronics
    • implantable devices
    • nanomaterials
    • stretchable electronics
    • wearable electronics

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Materials Science(all)
    • Mechanics of Materials
    • Mechanical Engineering

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