[Illinois] Stretchy Electronics That Can Dissolve in Your Body

By John Rogers

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Biology is soft, curvilinear, and transient; modern silicon technology is rigid, planar, and everlasting. Electronic systems that eliminate this profound mismatch in properties will lead to new types of devices, capable of integrating noninvasively with the body, providing function over some useful period of time, and then dissolving into surrounding biofluids.Recent work establishes a complete set of materials, mechanics designs, and manufacturing approaches that enable these features in a class of electronics with performance comparable to that of conventional wafer-based technologies. This talk summarizes the key ideas through demonstrations in skin-mounted "epidermal" monitors, advanced surgical tools, and bioresorbable electronic bacteriocides.


JohnRogers1John A. Rogers (UIUC) received B.A. and B.S. degrees in chemistry and in physics from the University of Texas, Austin, in 1989. He earned S.M. degrees in physics and in chemistry in 1992, and a Ph.D. degree in physical chemistry in 1995, all from MIT. In 1997, he joined the Department of Condensed Matter Physics Research at Bell Laboratories. From 2000-2002 he served as Director of that department. He is currently a Founder Professor of Engineering in the University of Illinois departments of Materials Science and Engineering and of Chemistry. He is a full-time faculty member in the 3D Micro- and Nanosystems group. His research interests are in the science and engineering of unconventional, 'soft' materials – polymers, small molecules, fluids, carbon nanotubes — and in the development of unusual ways for patterning them with micron and nanometer resolution – printing, molding, near field photolithography.

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