Materials Frontiers 2024 ISSUE 5 (Total ISSUE 73)
April 22, 2024 15:00 ~ 16:30 Yiucheng Lecture Hall (500), Xu Zuyao Building

Liquid Metal Patterned, Stretchable and Permeable Electronics

Guest Speaker:Prof.Zijian Zheng ,Hong Kong Polytechnic University



Inviter:  Prof. Tao Deng

Date&Time: Monday  22. Apr. 15:00-16:30

Venue: Yiucheng Lecture Hall (500), Xu Zuyao Building


Prof. Zijian Zheng is currently Chair Professor of Soft Materials and Devices at the Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology, Associate Director of Research Institute for Intelligent Wearable Systems, Lead Investigator of Research Institute for Smart Energy at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU). His research interests include surface and polymer science, nanofabrication, flexible and wearable electronics, energy conversion and storage. Prof. Zheng received his B. Eng. in Chemical Engineering at Tsinghua University in 2003, PhD in Chemistry at University of Cambridge in 2007, and postdoctoral training at Northwestern University in 2008-2009. He joined PolyU as Assistant Professor in 2009, and was promoted to tenured Associate Professor in 2013 and then Professor in 2017. He has published more than 200 papers in journals such as Science, Nat. Mater., Nat. Comm., Adv. Mate., JACS, Angew. Chem.. He also files more than 40 patents and is recipient of more than 20 academic awards. He serves as Editor-in-Chief of EcoMat (impact factor: 12.213), a flagship open-access journal in green energy and environment published by Wiley. He is Chang Jiang Chair Professor by the Ministry of Education of China (2020), Senior Research Fellow of the University Grant Commission of Hong Kong (2021), Fellow of International Association of Advanced Materials (FIAAM, 2021), Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC, 2022). Prof. Zheng is Founding Member of The Young Academy of Sciences of Hong Kong, and Founding Member of the Young Member Section of the Hong Kong Academy of Engineering Sciences.




Soft electronics plays an important role in the realization of health monitoring and rehabilitation, Internet of Things (IoTs), and soft robotics. In the past two decades, the research focuses have been devoted to developing soft electronics based on thin film materials and architectures that are non-permeable to air, moisture, and liquid. It is recently found that permeability is essential to the chronic biocompatibility of these soft devices, especially those closely attached on soft skins and tissues. This short talk will discuss our recent research effort on developing liquid metal based soft and permeable electronics for wearable, skin-attached, and implantable applications. In particular, we will introduce how to fabricate stretchable and permeable electronics using liquid metal based material platform, and how to achieve high resolution patterning toward functional stretchable and permeable electronic devices and systems.

Figure. Fabrication process of stretchable and permeable liquid metalmicro electrodes (μLMEs)