Flexible and stretchable metal oxide nanofiber networks for multimodal and monolithically integrated wearable electronics

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  • Binghao Wang
  • Anish Thukral
  • Zhaoqian Xie
  • Limei Liu
  • Xinan Zhang
  • Wei Huang
  • Cunjiang Yu
  • Tobin J. Marks
  • Antonio Facchetti

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Original languageEnglish
Article number2405
Journal / PublicationNature Communications
Volume11
Online published15 May 2020
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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Abstract

Fiber-based electronics enabling lightweight and mechanically flexible/stretchable functions are desirable for numerous e-textile/e-skin optoelectronic applications. These wearable devices require low-cost manufacturing, high reliability, multifunctionality and long-term stability. Here, we report the preparation of representative classes of 3D-inorganic nanofiber network (FN) films by a blow-spinning technique, including semiconducting indium-gallium-zinc oxide (IGZO) and copper oxide, as well as conducting indium-tin oxide and copper metal. Specifically, thin-film transistors based on IGZO FN exhibit negligible performance degradation after one thousand bending cycles and exceptional room-temperature gas sensing performance. Owing to their great stretchability, these metal oxide FNs can be laminated/embedded on/into elastomers, yielding multifunctional single-sensing resistors as well as fully monolithically integrated e-skin devices. These can detect and differentiate multiple stimuli including analytes, light, strain, pressure, temperature, humidity, body movement, and respiratory functions. All of these FN-based devices exhibit excellent sensitivity, response time, and detection limits, making them promising candidates for versatile wearable electronics.

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Flexible and stretchable metal oxide nanofiber networks for multimodal and monolithically integrated wearable electronics. / Wang, Binghao; Thukral, Anish; Xie, Zhaoqian; Liu, Limei; Zhang, Xinan; Huang, Wei; Yu, Xinge; Yu, Cunjiang; Marks, Tobin J.; Facchetti, Antonio.

In: Nature Communications, Vol. 11, 2405, 2020.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review

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