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Flexible Electronics Hold Promise


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Katelyn Goetz

Wake Forest grad student Katelyn Goetz working with plastic-based flexible electronics.

Credit: Courtesy of Wake Forest University

A team from Wake Forest University, working with interdisciplinary collaborators from Stanford University, Imperial College London, the University of Kentucky, and Appalachian State University, has developed an organic semiconductor that offers excellent electronic performance.

Organic electronics build on carbon-based materials, which offer ease of manufacturing and low cost, as well as lightweight and mechanical flexibility, according to Wake Forest professor Oana Jurchescu. The technology could be used to make artificial skin, smart bandages, flexible displays, smart windshields, wearable electronics, and electronic wallpaper that changes patterns with the flip of a switch.

"The devices we study [field-effect transistors] are the fundamental building blocks in all modern-based electronics," Jurchescu says. "Our findings shed light on the effect of the structure of the molecules on their electrical performance and pave the way towards a design of improved materials for high-performance, low-cost, plastic-based electronics."

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