Modular and Reconfigurable Stretchable Electronic Systems

Jiheong Kang, Donghee Son, Orestis Vardoulis, Jaewan Mun, Naoji Matsuhisa, Yeongin Kim, Jaemin Kim, Jeffrey B.H. Tok, Zhenan Bao

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Electronics offering modularity in design and function, i.e., modular electronics have enabled a wide gamut of applications, such as promotion of creativity, self-assembling robots, and customizable consumer electronics. In particular, there is recently a fertile application domain within the rapidly growing needs in wearable technologies. Toward this application, it is proposed that stretchable, self-healable, and mechanically tough materials will enable a highly desirable reconfigurable multifunctional and modular platform for wearable electronics. Here, the novel applications of tough self-healing elastomer are reported to realize skin-like modular electronics system,, i.e., stretchable, tough, self-healable, and reconfigurable, in which multiple electronic components are electrically interconnected and can effectively communicate with each other digitally. The fabricated self-healing conductive lines can also allow for components that can be readily cut, reconfigured, and reconnected by the user.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1800417
JournalAdvanced Materials Technologies
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Mar
Externally publishedYes


  • modular electronics
  • reconfigurable electronics
  • self-healing chemistry
  • stretchable electronics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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