Acta Mechanica Sinica

, Volume 26, Issue 6, pp 881–888 | Cite as

A strain-isolation design for stretchable electronics

  • Jian Wu
  • Ming Li
  • Wei-Qiu Chen
  • Dae-Hyeong Kim
  • Yun-Soung Kim
  • Yong-Gang Huang
  • Keh-Chih Hwang
  • Zhan Kang
  • John A. Rogers
Research Paper


Stretchable electronics represents a direction of recent development in next-generation semiconductor devices. Such systems have the potential to offer the performance of conventional wafer-based technologies, but they can be stretched like a rubber band, twisted like a rope, bent over a pencil, and folded like a piece of paper. Isolating the active devices from strains associated with such deformations is an important aspect of design. One strategy involves the shielding of the electronics from deformation of the substrate through insertion of a compliant adhesive layer. This paper establishes a simple, analytical model and validates the results by the finite element method. The results show that a relatively thick, compliant adhesive is effective to reduce the strain in the electronics, as is a relatively short film.


Strain isolation Thin film Substrate Adhesive Stretchable electronics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jian Wu
    • 1
  • Ming Li
    • 1
    • 2
  • Wei-Qiu Chen
    • 3
  • Dae-Hyeong Kim
    • 4
  • Yun-Soung Kim
    • 4
  • Yong-Gang Huang
    • 1
  • Keh-Chih Hwang
    • 5
  • Zhan Kang
    • 2
  • John A. Rogers
    • 4
    • 6
  1. 1.Departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Mechanical EngineeringNorthwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Engineering MechanicsDalian University of TechnologyDalianChina
  3. 3.Department of Engineering MechanicsZhejiang UniversityHangzhouChina
  4. 4.Materials Research Laboratory, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Beckman InstituteUniversity of IllinoisUrbanaUSA
  5. 5.AML, Department of Engineering MechanicsTsinghua UniversityBeijingChina
  6. 6.Departments of Chemistry, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Mechanical Science and EngineeringUniversity of IllinoisUrbanaUSA

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