High Performance Flexible Electronics for Revolutionary Human-scale Systems:Thinking Outside the Box
Professor Gregory B. Raupp is currently the Director of ASU’s MacroTechnology Works Initiative out of the office of Knowledge Enterprise Development (OKED). His technology expertise and professional experience span many technical disciplines from engineering, materials science, manufacturing and product design to ultra-biocompatible implantable medical devices and chemistry of sustainable green processes.
Professor Raupp received his B.S with Distinction and M.S. degrees from Purdue University and his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He began his academic career with Arizona State University in 1985 where he advanced to become Professor in 1994. From 1999 – 2002 he was Associate Dean for Research in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and then was promoted to Associate Vice-President for Research in 2002 (concurrent with President Michael M. Crow’s coming to ASU). In these roles he was responsible for crafting and managing a diverse portfolio of interdisciplinary research initiatives, which included such unique ventures as ASU’s Biodesign Institute; the Arts, Media and Engineering Program; and the Center for Conflict and Religion. While he was Associate VP he led the winning ASU proposal effort for the National Flexible Display Initiative competition, and became the Founding Director of the Flexible Display Center at Arizona State in 2004 through a US $94M, 10-year Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Army Research Laboratory. Under his leadership, a world-class industry-government-university partnership model was created, one that enabled organizations with dramatically different missions and scales to collaborate effectively to advance science and technology on a broad front and create a portfolio of enabling commercial manufacturing technologies. In January 2010 he accepted a dual post at City University of Hong Kong as their Vice President for Research and Technology (VPRT) and the Dean of Graduate Studies. With a redirected emphasis on large-scale collaboration, international partnerships and funding opportunities, CityU enjoyed several 20% year-on-year increases in total research funding (after three straight years of decline), including a 12x increase in funding from Mainland China, and a 10x increase from other international sources. Under his direction IP licensing deals were also ramped up significantly, with revenues at 8x the level realized over the past 4-5 years. In December 2012 he returned to ASU, but maintains an active adjunct Professor position at CityU with a focus on facilitating international partnerships.
Abstract: Significant advances in flexible microelectronics over the last decade have laid the foundation for creation of a new generation of products that integrate multi-function sensors, actuators, and communication capability on thin sheets that can bend and fold like paper, stretch and relax like human skin, and integrate seamlessly with their applications environment. Flexible systems therefore provide a natural physical interface between microelectronics and the human scale in a way that conventional microelectronics products that are confined to bulky, rigid boxes cannot. One can envision new products with unique form, fit and function such as smart bandages that conform to the contours of the patient’s body, monitor infection, prevent pressure ulcers, deliver medications, and communicate with healthcare professionals; large-scale skins integrated into bridges, buildings, and aircraft that can measure strain throughout the structure, harvest energy, and communicate wirelessly; and lightweight, wearable devices that monitor physiological condition or human performance and communicate with the wearer through tactile means. This talk will review the principal technical challenges that must be addressed before this compelling future can be realized.