About this Research Topic
Nanomaterials have been key enabling building blocks for flexible and stretchable devices due to superior material properties (e.g., mechanical, electrical, optoelectronic) to their bulk counterparts. Nanomaterial-enabled flexible and stretchable devices have witnessed remarkable advances over the past decade, evolving from devices with single functionality to integrated systems. Examples include physical sensors (e.g., temperature, electrophysiology, strain, and tactile sensors), chemical sensors (e.g., electrochemical and gas sensors), soft actuators (e.g., electrothermal actuators, photothermal actuators, dielectric elastomer actuators), and energy devices (e.g., nanogenerators, batteries, and supercapacitors). The scalable and reliable manufacturing of such devices is crucial for real-world applications. Additionally, effective integration techniques to integrate soft and hard components and to integrate devices with multi-functionalities are in need of hybrid and integrated systems.
The aim of this Research Topic is to disseminate important advances and promising research trends regarding the advanced manufacturing of nanomaterial-based flexible and stretchable electronics. The advancement of manufacturing and integration techniques requires the continued development of nanomaterials and innovations in structural design. This Research Topic is intended to publish contributions investigating all aspects of manufacturing and integration of nanomaterial-enabled devices, including material modification, structural design, device characterization, modeling, and applications. Due to the multi-disciplinary nature of this field, this topic will bring together many disciplines and contributions.
Interested topics including, but not limited to:
• Advanced manufacturing techniques for nanomaterials-based devices, including coating, 2D/3D printing, and microfabrication techniques
• Novel integration techniques for hybrid nanomaterial-based devices
• Structural design to address the interfacial issues in integrated systems
• Simulation and modeling for structural design and reliable integration of nanomaterial-based devices
• New applications of nanomaterial-based flexible and stretchable devices, such as in healthcare, activity tracking, human-machine interaction, rehabilitation, and robotics
• Modification and development of nanomaterials and nanocomposites for advanced manufacturing
Keywords: nanomaterials, flexible electronics, stretchable electronics, manufacturing techniques, integration techniques, structural design
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