Flexible electronics: The next ubiquitous platform

Arokia Nathan, Arman Ahnood, Matthew Cole, Sungsik Lee, Yuji Suzuki, Pritesh Hiralal, Francesco Bonaccorso, Tawfique Hasan, Luis Garcia-Gancedo, Andriy Dyadyusha, Samiul Haque, Piers Andrew, Stephan Hofmann, James Moultrie, Daping Chu, Andrew J. Flewitt, Andrea C. Ferrari, Michael J. Kelly, John Robertson, Gehan A.J. AmaratungaWilliam I. Milne

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Thin-film electronics in its myriad forms has underpinned much of the technological innovation in the fields of displays, sensors, and energy conversion over the past four decades. This technology also forms the basis of flexible electronics. Here we review the current status of flexible electronics and attempt to predict the future promise of these pervading technologies in healthcare, environmental monitoring, displays and human-machine interactivity, energy conversion, management and storage, and communication and wireless networks.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6198376
Pages (from-to)1486-1517
Number of pages32
JournalProceedings of the IEEE
Issue numberSPL issue
Publication statusPublished - 13 May 2012

Bibliographical note

Special Centennial Issue


  • Computation
  • displays
  • energy generation
  • energy storage
  • flexible substrates
  • healthcare
  • human-machine interactivity
  • lab-on-chip
  • mobility
  • sensors
  • thin-film technology
  • wireless networks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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