Soft Electronic and Electromagnetic Systems for Biomedical Device Integration
Electronic and electromagnetic devices that are mechanically soft provide a foundation for new technological interfaces with the body. In this talk, I will present research on “epidermal electronics.” This technology consists of thin films of electronic materials that have mechanical properties matching skin, similar to a temporary transfer tattoo. I will focus on two topics. The first is on the use of fractals as a general design tool for constructing devices with novel mechanical and electronic properties. With these design criteria, I demonstrate multi-functional devices that integrate electrode, temperature sensor, and heater capabilities. The second is on the development of stretchable antennas, which are tunable in frequency and which can be used for wireless power harvesting and communications.
Jonathan Fan is currently a Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he is working with Professors John Rogers on new photonic and electronic device platforms. He received his doctorate in applied physics from Harvard University in 2010, where he was an NSF Graduate Fellow and did plasmonics research in colloidal systems and in quantum cascade laser design with Professor Federico Capasso. He received his BS with highest honors in electrical engineering from Princeton University in 2004.