Soft, thin skin-mounted power management systems and their use in wireless thermography

Jung Woo Lee, Renxiao Xu, Seungmin Lee, Kyung In Jang, Yichen Yang, Anthony Banks, Ki Jun Yu, Jeonghyun Kim, Sheng Xu, Siyi Ma, Sung Woo Jang, Phillip Won, Yuhang Li, Bong Hoon Kim, Jo Young Choe, Soojeong Huh, Yong Ho Kwon, Yonggang Huang, Ungyu Paik, John A. Rogers

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Power supply represents a critical challenge in the development of body-integrated electronic technologies. Although recent research establishes an impressive variety of options in energy storage (batteries and supercapacitors) and generation (triboelectric, piezoelectric, thermoelectric, and photovoltaic devices), the modest electrical performance and/or the absence of soft, biocompatible mechanical properties limit their practical use. The results presented here form the basis of soft, skin-compatible means for efficient photovoltaic generation and high-capacity storage of electrical power using dual-junction, compound semiconductor solar cells and chip-scale, rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, respectively. Miniaturized components, deformable interconnects, optimized array layouts, and dual-composition elastomer substrates, superstrates, and encapsulation layers represent key features. Systematic studies of the materials and mechanics identify optimized designs, including unusual configurations that exploit a folded, multilayer construct to improve the functional density without adversely affecting the soft, stretchable characteristics. System-level examples exploit such technologies in fully wireless sensors for precision skin thermography, with capabilities in continuous data logging and local processing, validated through demonstrations on volunteer subjects in various realistic scenarios.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6131-6136
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Issue number22
Publication statusPublished - 2016 May 31

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The authors used facilities in the Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This work was supported by the Global Research Laboratory Program (K20704000003TA050000310) through the National Research Foundation of Korea funded by the Ministry of Science. Y.L. acknowledges support from National Basic Research Program of China Grant 2015CB351900. R.X. and Y.H. acknowledge support from NSF Grants DMR- 1121262, CMMI-1300846, and CMMI-1400169 and the NIH Grant R01EB019337.

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