About this Research Topic
Research and industrial interest in flexible and wearable devices are exponentially increasing, demanding the development of high-performance and mechanically robust materials for sensing, energy harvesting, and photonic properties. To that end, emerging nanomaterials and their composites offer a high degree of mechanical robustness that cannot be achieved by wafer-based technologies. Therefore, the incorporation of emerging nanomaterials and their composites in flexible and wearable devices would provide advanced compatibility to practical applications where the active bending of the sensors and circuitry are required.
In this Research Topic we aim to collect research articles reporting on flexible nanomaterials and composites that allows a mechanically flexible operation. Our main goal is to present important achievements in flexible and wearable devices by gathering Original Research, Review, and Mini-Review articles. Subjects of interest include innovative approaches using polymer composites, thin metals and semiconductor films, graphene, and related 2D materials. We invite all interested authors to submit their research on sensing, energy harvesting, optic, and photonic properties of mechanically robust nanomaterials and devices made from them. Multidisciplinary experimental works, review reports, theoretical and simulation-based studies are all welcomed. We welcome manuscripts discussing:
• Flexible and stretchable nanomaterials and composite-based devices that are inherently eligible to be integrated in wearables.
• Advanced nanomaterial-based technologies that provide operation under mechanical stress and have potential to be integrated to the curvy surfaces for sensing, health, defence, robotics, spectroscopy, and imaging.
• Photonic and optoelectronic technologies that support mechanically flexible operation.
• Bendable sensing and energy harvesting devices for new generation applications.
Keywords: Flexible electronics, Flexible sensors, Wearables, Nanomaterials
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