Volume 94 Issue 46 | p. 8 | News of The Week
Issue Date: November 21, 2016 | Web Date: November 16, 2016

A healable polymer for stretchable electronics

Intrinsically stretchy semiconductor has promise for wearable sensors and displays
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Materials SCENE, Organic SCENE
Keywords: materials, stretchable electronics, flexible electronics, semiconducting polymers, wearable electronics

For the first time, researchers have created a stretchy polymer that’s got the right electronic properties to play an active role in transistors. What’s more, the polymer can heal when damaged. Made by joining together somewhat stiff semiconducting polymer segments with squishy segments, the material could be used in wearable health monitors and displays that can stretch, wrinkle, and heal like skin.

The new polymer has an . . .

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