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.