The research team of researcher Hyunseon Seo and senior researcher Dr. Donghee Son of the Korea Institute of Science and Technology’s (KIST, president: Byung-gwon Lee) Biomedical Research Institute and postdoctoral candidate Dr. Jiheong Kang and Professor Zhenan Bao of Stanford University (chemical engineering) announced a new material, developed via joint convergence research, that simultaneously possesses high stretchability, high electrical conductivity, and self-healability even after being subjected to severe mechanical strain. For more information see the IDTechEx report on Flexible, Printed and Organic Electronics 2019-2029.

 

Currently, interest in the development of wearable electronic devices is growing rapidly. Prior to this study, Dr. Donghee Son, Dr. Jiheong Kang, and Prof. Zhenan Bao developed a polymer material that is highly elastic, can self-heal without the help of external stimuli even when exposed to water or sweat, and has a mechanical strength similar to that of human skin, making it comfortable to wear for long periods of time.

 

In its most recent study, the KIST-Stanford research team developed a new material that can be utilized as an interconnect (a material that serves as a channel for the stable and accurate transmission of biosignals from the human body to an electronic device) because it has the same properties as existing wearable materials as well as high levels of electrical conductivity and stretchability, which allow the stable transmission of electricity and data from the human body to electronic devices.

 

Learn more at the next leading event on the topic: Printed Electronics USA 2019 External Link on 20 – 21 Nov 2019 at Santa Clara Convention Center, CA, USA hosted by IDTechEx.