Symposium BM09—Stretchable Bioelectronics—From Sensor Skins to Implants and Soft Robots

Stretchable electronics started as a curiosity about 10 years ago, but the field has advanced to the point where the first products using this evolution of electronics have been introduced to the consumer market. Inspired by nature, ultra-conformable sensor arrays mimicking the sensing properties of the human skin, soft robots emulating muscles and soft neural implants are being developed to interface with the human body at a variety of levels (from the surface of the skin to the brain).

Softness is the key feature of these stretchable bio-electronic devices, but at the same time also represents a challenge for typical device materials used in electronics. Novel materials, architectures and processing technologies are therefore being developed to address the unique requirements of stretchable devices. Long-term stability and functionality are important parameters that must be considered.

This symposium is open to all approaches using extremely conformable electronic devices and will bring together researchers from highly diverse, interdisciplinary backgrounds such as materials engineers, polymer chemists, device physicists as well as developers from industry. The first session will be dedicated to materials and approaches to tailor them. A focus will be on failure mechanisms and modelling, but also self-healing and conducting/semi-conducting elastomers. Subsequent sessions of the symposium will serve to report recent progress in enabling technologies for stretchable e-skins, advanced and reliable neural interfaces and soft robotic systems. A session will be dedicated to companies commercializing stretchable devices.

Topics will include:

  • Materials and mechanics
  • Tailored materials for stretchable electronics
  • Modelling failure mechanisms
  • Novel electrode materials and fabrication processes
  • Biocompatibility
  • Self-healing
  • Novel types of electroactive elastomers
  • Applications
  • Stretchable sensor skins
  • Soft robotic systems
  • Brain-machine interfaces
  • State-of-the-art neuroprosthetic devices
  • Commercialization

Invited Speakers:

  • Zhenan Bao (Standford University, USA)
  • Siegfried Bauer (Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria)
  • Katia Bertoldi (Harvard University, USA)
  • Madhu Bhaskaram (RMIT University, Australia)
  • Roozbeh Ghaffari (MC10, USA)
  • Yongang Huang (Northwestern University, USA)
  • Dae-Hyeong Kim (Seoul National University, Republic of Korea)
  • Rebecca Kramer (Purdue University, USA)
  • Stephanie Lacour (EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland)
  • Charles Lieber (Harvard University, USA)
  • Nanshu Lu (University of Texas at Austin, USA)
  • Dave Martin (University of Delaware, USA)
  • Vivian Mushahwar (University of Alberta, Canada)
  • Tsuyoshi Sekitani (Osaka University, Japan)
  • Xuanhe Zhao (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)

Symposium Organizers

Ingrid Graz
Johannes Kepler University Linz
Soft Matter Physics

Anastasia Elias
University of Alberta
Chemical and Materials Engineering

Ivan Minev
Technische Universität Dresden
Biotechnologisches Zentrum

Benjamin O´Brien
New Zealand

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