Symposium PM02—Conductive Materials Reliability in Flexible Electronics
Advances in flexible conductive materials offer the potential to integrate complex electronics for wearable systems that can enable applications in health and fitness monitoring. Differences between textile and thin film form factors that are being developed each necessitate the need for new materials understanding. Specifically, challenges in manufacturing integration strategies and evaluations of flexible electronics materials must be overcome to enable the production of durable integrated systems. This symposium aims to provide a forum for collaborative, multidisciplinary discussion on the progress, views, and future directions in three main themes: (1) process-property relationships of flexible electronic systems, (2) standardized methods in flexible electronic systems evaluation, and (3) flexible device designs. Conductive inks (low-to-high viscosity), including their integration into textiles, will be a major focus as will their ability to integrate numerous sensor, energy harvesting and storage devices that are conductive to flexible applications including smart wearables and monitoring devices (i.e. second skin). Finally, each thrust area will identify industrial research needs that meets the needs of scaling product development from the lab to market.