A Rubberlike Stretchable Active Matrix Using Elastic Conductors.

Tsuyoshi Sekitani, Yoshiaki Noguchi, Kenji Hata, Takanori Fukushima, Takuzo Aida, and Takao Someya

Science 2008, 321, 1468–1472.
[DOI: 10.1126/science.1160309]

A Stretchable Electric Circuit based on Bucky Gels

  By utilizing a composite of the “bucky gel” (a carbon nanotube gel of an ionic liquid) and a fluorinated copolymer, we developed rubberlike transistor-active matrices that can be stretched biaxially by 70% without mechanical or electrical damage.  The elastic integrated circuits can be mounted anywhere, including arbitrary curved surfaces and movable parts, such as the joints of a robot’s arm.

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