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Symposium SB07-Soft, Healable Materials and Devices for Biological Interfaces and Wearables

Soft and healable materials and devices are highly demanded for a better biological interfacing and for wearables. However, despite recent advances, their synthesis, development, and fabrication remain challenging due to the difficulty of combining properties that are inherently and mutually exclusive, such as high conductivity, high stretchability, and viscoelasticity. Besides, the applications at the biological interface require these materials and devices to work in humid or environments, as well as excellent biocompatibility with cells and tissues. The symposium will address both fundamental and applied research on current trends, advances, and perspectives for such materials and devices. The symposium will be tentatively divided into four parts: i) emerging soft and healable materials, ii) emerging soft and healable devices, iii) materials processing and advanced manufacturing, and iv) applications at the biological interface, including in vitro and in vivo demonstrations, and sensors for wearables and robots skin etc.

Topics will include:

  • Soft, healable electronic materials and devices
  • Bioinspired materials and biological interfaces
  • Epidermal electronics, e-skin, e-textile materials and devices
  • Healable ionic materials
  • Conducting materials, hydrogels, composites and fibers
  • Advanced manufacturing, 3D, 4D, DLP
  • Human-machine interface, soft robots
  • A tutorial complementing this symposium is tentatively planned.

Invited Speakers:

  • Zhenan Bao (Stanford University, USA)
  • Tricia Breen Carmichael (University of Windsor, Canada)
  • Michael Dickey (North Carolina State University, USA)
  • Alessandro Grattoni (Houston Methodist, USA)
  • Sahika Inal (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia)
  • Jaeyoung Jang (Hanyang University, Republic of Korea)
  • Martin Kaltenbrunner (Johannes Kepler Universität Linz, Austria)
  • Laure Kayser (University of Delaware, USA)
  • Stéphanie Lacour (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland)
  • Pooi See Lee (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
  • Jennifer A. Lewis (Harvard University, USA)
  • Darren Lipomi (University of California, San Diego, USA)
  • Tse Nga Ng (University of California, San Diego, USA)
  • Jin Young Oh (Kyung Hee University, Republic of Korea)
  • Erin Ratcliff (The University of Arizona, USA)
  • Alberto Salleo (Stanford University, USA)
  • Peyman Servati (The University of British Columbia, Canada)
  • Takao Someya (The University of Tokyo, Japan)
  • Junqi Sun (Jilin University, China)
  • Benjamin Tee (National University of Singapore, Singapore)
  • Jadranka Travas-Sejdic (The University of Auckland, New Zealand)
  • Cunjiang Yu (University of Houston, USA)
  • Ting Zhang (Suzhou Institute of Nano-Tech and Nano-Bionics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)
  • Xuanhe Zhao (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)

Symposium Organizers

Derya Baran
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
Saudi Arabia

Fabio Cicoira
Polytechnique Montréal
Chemical Engineering

Wei Lin Leong
Nanyang Technological University

Shiming Zhang
The University of Hong Kong
Faculty of Engineering
Hong Kong

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