Making Flexible and Wearable Electronics with Fibers and Textiles
Institute of Textiles and Clothing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Kowloon, Hong Kong SAR, China
Flexible and wearable electronics are forseen to be the major technology in the next few decades. Conventional flexible and wearable electronic devices are fabricated on thin plastic or elastomeric thin films. These thin film devices can show remarkable device performance, however, the wearing ability is still quite limited. On the other hand, fibers and textiles are flexible and lightweight materials that have been worn by human beings hundreds of thousands of years. Compared with thin films, the three-dimensional fibre and textile structures not only provide superior flexibility, stretchability, drapability, but also breathability and washing ability. This talk will introduce how our research group makes use of the attributes of fibres for making conductive threads, electrodes, and high-performance wearable devices. We will particularly focus on the strategies and perspectives to modify fibers and textiles for making wearable capacitators and batteries with excellent mechanical durability, electrochemical stability, and high energy/power density.  Q. Huang, D. Wang, Z. J. Zheng*, Adv. Energy Mater. 2016, 6, 1600783.  L. Liu, Y. Yu, C. Yan, K. Li, Z. J. Zheng*, Nat. Commun. 2015, 6, 7260.  Y. Yu, C. Yan, Z. J. Zheng*, Adv. Mater. 2014, 26, 55085516.  Y. Yang, Q. Huang, L. Niu, D. Wang, C. Yan, Y. She, Z. J. Zheng*, Adv. Mater. 2017, 160667
Prof. Zijian Zheng is currently Full Professor at the Institute of Textile and Clothing (ITC) at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. His research interests are surface science, self-assembly, nanolithography, polymer science, and bendable/stretchable/wearable/graphene materials and electronic devices. He received his B. Eng. in Chemical Engineering at Tsinghua University in 2003, and PhD in Chemistry at University of Cambridge in 2017. In 2008, he worked as postdoctoral researcher with Prof. Chad A. Mirkin at Northwestern University. He joined ITC as Assistant Professor in 2009, and was promoted to tenured Associate Professor in 2013 and Professor in 2017. He has published 90 papers in high-impact international scientific journals including Science, Nature Comm., Advanced Materials, Journal of the America Chemical Society, Angewandte Chemie. He also files 18 international and China patents. He serves as Guest Editor for Advanced Materials and Small. He is recipient of more than 10 academic awards such as GENEVA Innovation Award, Future Leaders Programs and Early Career Awards. He is elected as Founding Member of The Young Academy of Sciences of Hong Kong.
Situated on China’s South Coast in Hong Kong, amidst east and west cultures and skyscrapers, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) is located in the Hung Hom area of Kowloon with a campus featuring state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities as well as amenities for students and staff. QS ranking recognition Thanks to its innovative methods of education, and groundbreaking research achievements, PolyU, where the chief language of instruction is English, has been ranked: 6th in the ranking of 50 universities under 50 years of age 29th in Asia 95th in the world