Materials and Structural Design for Soft Smart Human-Machine Interfaces
Speaker Dr. Siya HUANG
SUSTech Academy for Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies
About the Speaker
Dr. Huang is currently a research assistant professor in SUSTech Academy for Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies. She received her Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering from Tsinghua University in 2014 and was awarded as Outstanding Doctoral Graduate with the First Prize Award on Best Doctoral Dissertation. She joined Texas Center for Superconductivity at the University of Houston (TcSUH) as a postdoctoral fellow from 2014 to 2017. Her scientific interests include design of mechanically “soft” functional materials and their applications in nanosensors and flexible electronics. She has published ~30 peer-reviewed scientific papers in journals including Nano Lett., NPG Asia Mater., Adv. Funct. Mater., Nano Energy, Small, Chem. Commun., Appl. Phys. Lett., J. Mater. Chem. C with over 500 citations. Dr. Huang serves as a guest editor for Journal of Nanomaterials and reviewer for Mater. Today Phys., Adv. Mater. Technol., etc.
Next-generation human-machine interfaces (HMIs) are light, flexible, compliant, and multifunctional, which can offer intelligent sensing and feedback by being directly worn on human body as well as implemented as prosthetic skins for soft robotics. The integration of traditionally rigid electronic materials (i.e., inorganic semiconductors and metals) on non-traditional soft substrates imposes great challenges on their mechanical and functional performances under large strains. Since their properties rely on a combination of materials and structural design, the development of novel mechanically “soft” nanomaterials with a deep understanding of their nanoscale mechanical behaviors are highly essential. In this talk, I will discuss the critical factors related to the design of flexible electronics based on rationally designed nanostructured materials, focusing on their mechanical behaviors at the nanoscale and their electrical/optoelectrical properties at various strained states. Demonstrations of these designs including wearable sensors, epidermal electrodes and smart textiles will be presented.
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