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Zhenan Bao team at Stanford develops semiconductor 'skin'

13 September 2010

A research team led by SPIE Fellow Zhenan BaoZhenan Bao at Stanford Univ. has developed an ultrasensitive, highly flexible, electronic sensor that can feel a touch as light as an alighting fly. Manufactured in large sheets, the sensors could be used in artificial electronic skin for prosthetic limbs, robots, touch-screen displays, automobile safety, and a range of medical applications.

The key innovation in the new sensor is the use of a thin film of rubber molded into a grid of tiny pyramids, Bao said. She is the senior author of a paper published 12 September online by Nature Materials.

Bao chairs the conference on Organic Field-Effect Transistors at SPIE Optics + Photonics, and has authored 45 papers for SPIE including 5 on organic thin films and other topics at this year's Photonic Devices and Applications symposium at Optics + Photonics.

Read the Stanford Univ. Report.