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Inkjet printing wearable electronic devices

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In recent years, wearable electronics have experienced tremendous development due to their promising applications in fields such as portable, flexible/stretchable human-interactive sensors, displays, and energy devices. To effectively fabricate wearable electronics, a high-efficient, cost-saving, and eco-friendly manufacture technology is required. Inkjet printing, which rapidly, precisely, and reproducibly deposits a broad variety of functional materials in a non-impact, addictive patterning, and maskless approach, serves as an effective tool for the fabrication of wearable electronics. In this review, the recent advances in inks, strategies, and the applications of inkjet-printed wearable electronics are summarized. Based on uniform and high-resolution patterns, well-compatible functional inks can be deposited to fabricate flexible/stretchable and durable wearable electronics. Perspectives on the remaining challenges and future developments are also proposed.

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The article was received on 04 Jan 2017, accepted on 18 Feb 2017 and first published on 06 Mar 2017

Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7TC00038C
Citation: J. Mater. Chem. C, 2017,5, 2971-2993
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    Inkjet printing wearable electronic devices

    M. Gao, L. Li and Y. Song, J. Mater. Chem. C, 2017, 5, 2971
    DOI: 10.1039/C7TC00038C

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