Most of the objects in our environment are not planar, but bendable and foldable like documents and textiles, soft like biological tissue, or small and lightweight like wearables. To integrate electronic functionality into the daily life of humans it is important to supplement conventional rigid electronics with new types of unobtrusive devices which are also flexible, biocompatible, and cheap. Such devices will not replace traditional high-performance electronics but provide new capabilities and can be customized to closely connect the digital domain with our physical environment. Achieving this goal requires new approaches to the design of electronics as the electrical performance has to be optimized in parallel with the mechanical and biological properties while also guaranteeing the devices can be fabricated efficiently.

We are using thin-film technology to work on the following aspects of unconventional electronics, focusing on flexible inorganic transistors, and analog circuits for integrated sensors systems to functionalize traditionally passive objects.

Flexible Thin-Film Electronics

Integrated Circuits & Sensor Systems

Novel Materials & Unconventional Electronics

Smart Textiles

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