Dr. Zhifeng Ren
Department of Physics and Texas Center for Superconductivity at the University of Houston (TcSUH), University of Houston, Houston, TX, United States.
Professor Ren is a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, a fellow of the American Physical Society and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. His recent research interests include: high-performance thermoelectric materials; nanomaterials for enhanced oil recovery; high-performance catalysts for water splitting; high thermal conductivity materials and management; novel filters for catching and killing viruses; solar energy conversion; superconductivity; carbon nanotubes and nanocomposites, and flexible transparent electrodes. He has published 560 papers with more than 78,000 citations and an H index of 126.
Dr. Cunjiang Yu
Materials Research Institute, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, United States.
Dr. Cunjiang Yu is the Dorothy Quiggle Career Development Associate Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics, Biomedical Engineering, and Materials Science and Engineering at Pennsylvania State University. His recent research concerns the fundamentals and applications of soft and curvy electronics. Dr. Yu is a recipient of several awards, including the SES (Society of Engineering Science) Young Investigator Medal Award, NSF CAREER Award, ONR Young Investigator Award, NIH Trailblazer Award, MIT Technology Review TR35 Top Innovator, SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award, AVS Young Investigator Award, SPIE Rising Researcher Award, etc.
Electronics that can seamlessly integrate with human body could have significant impact in medical diagnostic, therapeutics. However, seamless integration is a grand challenge because of the distinct nature between electronics and human body. Conventional electronics are rigid and planar, made out of rigid materials. Human body are soft, deformable and curvilinear, comprised of biological materials, organs and tissues. This talk will introduce our solution to address the challenge through the invention of a new class of electronics, namely rubbery electronics. Rubbery electronics is constructed all based on elastic rubber electronic materials of semiconductors, conductors and dielectrics, which possesses tissue-like softness and mechanical stretchability to allow seamless integration with soft deformable tissues and organs. Rubbery electronic materials (particularly semiconductors) and device innovations set the foundation for rubbery electronics. This presentation will feature the development and understanding of rubbery semiconductors, rubbery transistors, integrated electronics, sensors and bioelectronics. In addition, rubbery electronics enabled functional systems will also be demonstrated. As a platform technology, rubbery electronics opens up numerous opportunities for many different fields such as healthcare, cyborgs, and robotics.