Flexible bioelectronics have greatly improved the way of human-machine interaction due to the fact that they can provide seamless interactions with humans. Especially, flexible and stretchable inorganic thin-film electronics play an increasingly important role because of the advantages of mature processibility and rich physicochemical properties of inorganic functional materials. However, stable strategy to render flexibility and stretchability while maintaining excellent performance of inorganic thin films is the most demanding and challenging both for academic and industrial communities. In this report, we will present how to achieve flexibility and stretchability in inorganic thin film devices and recent development of flexible inorganic thin film devices focusing on their biomedical applications, including biosensing and non-pharmacological stimulation treatments. A future perspective into the challenges and opportunities for the next-generation flexible bioelectronics will also be discussed.
Dr. Lin is currently a professor and the Dean of School of Materials and Energy, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China. Dr. Lin received her Ph.D. degree in Condensed Matter Physics from University of Science and Technology of China in 1999. After that, she had worked in the University of Houston and Los Alamos National Lab as a postdoc, and in Intel Corp as a senior engineer. In 2008, she joined the faculty of University of Electronic Science and Technology of China as a Yangtze River Scholars Distinguished Professor. Dr. Lin is active in the field of electronic thin films and devices. Her main research interests are focused in the development of various thin films (such as ferroelectric oxide, vanadium oxide and other oxides) for applications in electronic devices, especially in stretchable and flexible electronic devices. She has co-authored more than 150 papers in peer-reviewed journals and her publications have been cited for more than 2000 times. She also has more than 20 Chinese patents and 4 US patents awarded.