About this Research Topic
Flexible electronics is an emerging field of technology that has attracted immense interest due to the potential for cross-cutting applications in areas such as aerospace, bio-medicine, the automobile industry and others. Printing technologies are widely used for flexible electronics. Inkjet and aerosol jet printing are ideal for flexible electronics compared to conventional printing techniques such as offset lithography, gravure printing, flexography and screen printing as they provide numerous advantages. This includes low material consumption, low equipment and setup costs and the potential for mass customization. Inkjet and aerosol jet printing is also non-contact, and therefore does not require any template preparation. This results in the printing techniques being useful for high resolution and high speed printed electronics at low cost, ideal for use in flexible electronics production.
This Research Topic aims to highlight the latest developments in 3D printing technologies for flexible electronics applications, including nanomaterial development and device design and fabrication. There are numerous on-going research efforts in 3D printed flexible electronics technology since these devices can enable communications/sensing in curved surfaces not suitable for traditional rigid devices. Printed devices on curved surfaces make conformal electronics possible with saved space. A considerable level of research is being carried out to develop high frequency flexible devices including photovoltaics, antennas, sensors, transistors, switches, etc.
Topics of interested include but are not limited to:
• Recent developments in 3D printed flexible electronic devices and systems
• Nanomaterials for 3D printing
• Flexible photovoltaics with inkjet printing
• High speed thin-film transistors
• 3D printed passive and active antennas
• Flexible bio/chemical sensors
We invite authors to contribute articles that will stimulate the continuing efforts to understand and develop 3D printed flexible electronic devices and systems. We are particularly interested in articles describing new technologies to develop flexible electronics; advances in nanomaterials; and new insights into active high speed flexible electronics components.
Dr Chen and Dr Subbaraman holds a patent related to printed phased-array antenna. The other Topic Editor declares no competing interests with the Research Topic theme
Keywords: 3D printing, flexible, nanomaterials, antennas, sensors, Inkjet printing, Aerosol printing, Thin-film transistors
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