John Rogers, University of Illinois at Urbana

Abstract: Materials for Electronics That Can Stretch, Twist, Fold and Flex

Biology is soft and curvilinear; silicon technology is rigid and planar. Electronic systems that eliminate this profound mismatch in physical properties will create new opportunities for devices that can integrate intimately with biological tissues and/or exploit biologically inspired designs. Recent work establishes a set of materials, mechanics concepts and manufacturing approaches for such a technology. This talk describes the key ideas through various examples, ranging from thin, elastic monitoring devices that wrap the heart, brain and skin, to digital cameras that adopt layouts inspired by ocular systems found in mammals and arthropods.

John Rogers Biography

John A. Rogers obtained BA and BS degrees in chemistry and in physics from the University of Texas at Austin in 1989. From MIT, he received SM degrees in physics and in chemistry in 1992 and a PhD in physical chemistry in 1995. From 1995 to 1997, Rogers was a junior fellow in the Harvard University Society of Fellows. He joined Bell Laboratories as a member of the technical staff in the Condensed Matter Physics Research Department in 1997 and served as director of this department from the end of 2000 to 2002. Rogers is currently Swanlund Chair Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a primary appointment in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. He serves as director of the Seitz Materials Research Laboratory.

Rogers’ research includes fundamental and applied aspects of materials and patterning techniques for unusual electronic and photonic devices, with an emphasis on bio-integrated and bio-inspired systems. He has published nearly 400 papers and is inventor on over 80 patents, more than 50 of which are licensed or in active use. Rogers is a Fellow of the MRS, IEEE, APS, and AAAS, and he is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. His research has been recognized with many awards, including a MacArthur Fellowship in 2009 and the Lemelson-MIT Prize in 2011.

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