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Knowingly or not, polymers in electronics applications are pervading our modern life. Let’s look at a possible up and coming application where a circuit is made on a biodegradable polymer substrate which will cover a living organism and then disappear to leave the circuit in place. For instance a stretchable circuit could encapsulate a heart fully to sense and stimulate it while expanding and shrinking with the heart beat1 providing real time data while improving its conditions.

Numerous examples could be cited including sensors, displays, energy harvesters, electro-actuation, electronic muscles, electronic bio-interfaces and the list goes on.

In a recent issue of Materials Research Society (MRS) Bulletin, scientists who are at the forefront of this stretchable electronics research shared their recent results. Sigurd Wagner and Siegfried Bauer2, guest editors of this MRS Bulletin issue provided an excellent comprehensive review of the materials and its mechanics, devices and circuits along with future outlook for this exciting technology.


1) D.-H. Kim et al. Nature Materials, 9, pp. 511(2010)

2) S. Wagner and S. Bauer; MRS Bulletin, 37, pp. 207-213 (2012)