Professor,Suzhou Institute of Nanotech. CAS
Flexible/Stretchable Sensing Electronics: From Fundamental Research to Applications
Ting Zhang (1,*), Lianhui Li (1), and Tie Li (1)
(1) Suzhou Institute of Nanotech and Nanobionics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Flexible and stretchable electronics are an exciting frontier for the next generation of wearable and portable electronic devices. In recent five years, Prof. Ting Zhang and his group have made the several research achievements: Established the methodology for developing novel flexible/stretchable microsensors based on high quality nanomaterials, and developed the novel flexible/stretchable bionic devices such as “electronic-skin”, “electronic-eardrum”, and “electronic-fingerprint” etc., which set up the technical basis for their applications in wearable smart systems, human-computer interaction, disease diagnoses and health assessments. These progresses were featured on Nanowerk, Phys. Org, Elsevier, Printed Electronics World, Science Daily, etc. For example, Elsevier reported as: “Professor Zhang and his team have developed two key aspects of the technology – making the sensor element more sensitive and making the material more flexible, bringing wearable diagnostic systems a step closer.”
In this talk, Prof. Zhang will present the recent progresses of nanomaterials based high-performance flexible and stretchable sensing electronics. He would like to discuss the important roles of the nanomaterials, device interface, and micro-structure design in achieving high flexibility and stretchability, and also the strategies to achieve high sensitivity, stability, and fast response time of the sensing devices. The facile and low-cost printing method for fabricating flexible sensors and sensor arrays will be addressed, and the applications in several areas such as robotic sensory skins, wearable health monitoring systems, bio-integrated devices, and human-machine interfaces, will be demonstrated.
 X.W. Wang, Y. Gu, Z.P. Xiong, Z. Cui and T. Zhang*. Adv. Mater. 26(9), 1336-1342 (2014).
 L.H. Li, Y.Y. Bai, L.L. Li, S.Q. Wang, T. Zhang*. Adv. Mater. 29(43), 1702517(1-8) (2017).
Fig. 1 Flexible/Stretchable Sensing Electronics
Dr. Ting Zhang is a Professor leading a research group at Suzhou Institute of Nanotech, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He received his B.S. (1999) and M.S. (2002) degree from Nankai University, and Ph.D. degree in chemical engineering at University of California, Riverside in 2007. His research mainly focuses on the development of electronic micro/nanosensing devices and smart microsystems, including Flexible/Stretchable and MEMS devices. The devices are mainly used for medical diagnostics, robotics, wearable smart systems and environmental monitoring applications. He has published more than 50 peer-review papers in journals like Advanced Materials, Science Advances, Nano Letters, etc. The papers have been cited by others for over 2500 times. He has also applied more than 30 Chinese patents (10 were authorized, including 2 international patents). 4 patents have been licensed and successfully applied in Industry.
Dr. Ting Zhang serves as the associate editor for Nature-Microsystems& Nanoengineering, and the reviewer for more than 10 peer-reviewed journals such as Advanced Materials, Nature Communications, Nano Letters, ACS Nano, etc. He also serves as the committee member in China Electronic Society, committee in China micron/nano-robot society, committee in National Technical Committee 279 on Nanotechnology of Standardization Administration of China, etc. He got the Young Talented Scientist Award from China Instrument and Control Society (2016), the Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars of Jiangsu Province (2016), Six Talent Peaks Project in Jiangsu Province (2017), and was awarded as 7th Leading Talent Honor in Suzhou, China (2013), etc. He was invited over 30 times by international conferences in the fields of flexible electronics, micro/nanotechnology, and MEMS technology as the invited speaker, and served as the executive chair of 7th China Wearable Computing Conference (2017), session chair of IEEE-NEMS (2013) and ICFPE2014.
The Suzhou Institute of Nano-tech and Nano-bionics (SINANO) was jointly founded in March 2006 by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), the government of Jiangsu Province, the government of Suzhou City and the Suzhou Industrial Park. SINANO’s research focuses on science and technology related to information, energy, life sciences and the environment. SINANO maintains close ties with industry, mainly by developing new materials and processes that can be transferred to industry.