Flexible and Smart Electronics
"Flexible electronics" is emerging as a highly interdisciplinary and disruptive technology that has been drawing significant attention from multiple fields. It mainly means depositing organic, inorganic, and organic-inorganic composite (hybrid) materials on flexible substrates (represented by plastic) to form electronic (optoelectronic, photonic) components and their integrated systems. Apparently, flexible electronics surpasses classical electronic systems in the ability to retain performance under various kinds of mechanical deformations, thus exhibiting potential in achieving flexible, stretchable, deformable, portable, lightweight, and wearable (opto-)electronic devices such as organic light-emitting diodes, organic photovoltaics, organic field-effect transistors, organic semiconductor lasers, bioelectronics, sensors, energy storage and conversion devices, etc. The progress in this field is of great significance for making electronics "smart."Â Specifically, it will promote advanced materials science and technology, the design and integration of electronic devices in the post-Moorish era, leading to revolutions in the electronic industry, and paradigm shift in medicare and healthcare technologies, etc.
Guest Editors: Fengxia Geng, Wei Huang, Wei Gao, and Wen-Yong Lai