Stretchability of encapsulated electronics

J. Wu, Z. J. Liu, J. Song, Y. Huang*, K. C. Hwang, Y. W. Zhang, J. A. Rogers

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Stretchable and flexible electronics offer the performance of conventional wafer-based systems but can be stretched like a rubber band, twisted like a rope, and bent over a pencil. Such a technology offers new application opportunities, in areas of surgical and diagnostic implements that naturally integrate with the human body to provide advanced capabilities, to curvilinear devices such as hemispherical eyeball cameras. In practice, stretchable and flexible electronic systems require encapsulation layers to provide mechanical and environmental protection. This paper establishes a simple, analytical model for the optimal design of encapsulation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number061911
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number6
StatePublished - Aug 8 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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