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Nanomaterials 2019, 9(2), 283;

Transfer Printing and its Applications in Flexible Electronic Devices

Department of Engineering Mechanics, School of Mechanics, Civil Engineering and Architecture, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi’an 710129, China
State Key Laboratory for Strength and Vibration of Mechanical Structures, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an 710049, China
Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802, USA
Key Laboratory of Special Purpose Equipment and Advanced Manufacturing Technology, Zhejiang University of Technology, Ministry of Education and Zhejiang Province, Hangzhou 310014, China
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Received: 9 January 2019 / Revised: 1 February 2019 / Accepted: 5 February 2019 / Published: 18 February 2019
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Flexible electronic systems have received increasing attention in the past few decades because of their wide-ranging applications that include the flexible display, eyelike digital camera, skin electronics, and intelligent surgical gloves, among many other health monitoring devices. As one of the most widely used technologies to integrate rigid functional devices with elastomeric substrates for the manufacturing of flexible electronic devices, transfer printing technology has been extensively studied. Though primarily relying on reversible interfacial adhesion, a variety of advanced transfer printing methods have been proposed and demonstrated. In this review, we first summarize the characteristics of a few representative methods of transfer printing. Next, we will introduce successful demonstrations of each method in flexible electronic devices. Moreover, the potential challenges and future development opportunities for transfer printing will then be briefly discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: transfer printing; flexible electronic devices; interfacial adhesion transfer printing; flexible electronic devices; interfacial adhesion

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Zhou, H.; Qin, W.; Yu, Q.; Cheng, H.; Yu, X.; Wu, H. Transfer Printing and its Applications in Flexible Electronic Devices. Nanomaterials 2019, 9, 283.

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