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Research Areas and Current Collaborators

FlexTR pursues collaboration with Stanford researchers in these areas:

I. Topics that are specifically related to flexible electronics: Innovative technology development of flexible materials, devices, systems, and fabrication process for flexible electronics applications, plus non-flexible materials and devices that supports and enables these flexible applications

  • Flexible robotic skins
  • Advanced wearable sensors
  • Flexible and silicon-based components to support the two above
  • Implantable devices (given that the core invention is flexible devices)

II. Topics that are of general interest to BICI
  • Energy materials
  • Robotics
  • Water treatment
  • Opto-electronics
  • Life sciences
  • Advanced manufacturing processes and systems
  • High-performance functional materials and composite materials
Collaborating Principle Inverstigators:

Mark Cutkosky, Mechanical Engineering

  • Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University;
  • ASME fellow (2013) and an IEEE fellow (2012);
  • Joined Stanford in 1985, after working in the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University and as a design engineer at ALCOA, in Pittsburgh, PA;
  • Research activities include robotic manipulation and tactile sensing and the design and fabrication of biologically inspired robots;
  • Consults with companies on robotics and human/computer interaction devices and holds over a dozen patents on related technologies;
  • Fulbright Faculty Chair (Italy 2002), Fletcher Jones and Charles M. Pigott Chairs at Stanford University and an NSF Presidential Young Investigator award.

Jan Liphardt, Bioengineering

  • Professor of Bioengineering at Stanford University;
  • A Sloan Fellow, a Hellman Fellow, a Searle Scholar, and a recipient of the Mohr Davidow Ventures Innovator's Award;
  • His papers are highly cited, with an average number of citations per paper of 220;
  • Working with Paul Alivisatos, he invented plasmon rulers as a way to sense single proteins through shifts of plasmon resonance peaks;
  • He recently completed the Stanford Biodesign faculty fellows program and he is also a Professor in Residence of the StartX startup accelerator (focusing on medtech);
  • He has founded or co-founded three startups and serves on the scientific advisory board of five other startups in medical sensing and diagnostics;
  • He has extensive experience leading and organizing multidisciplinary efforts at the interface of health, biology, and physics;
  • Principal investigator of a 16 million dollar NCI Physical Science Oncology Center to bring together engineers and physicists with cancer biologists.

Boris Murmann, Electrical Engineering

  • Professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University;
  • Fellow of the IEEE;
  • Research interests are in mixed-signal integrated circuit design, with special emphasis on sensor interfaces, data converters and custom circuits for statistical inference;
  • Agilent Early Career Professor Award in 2009 and the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award in 2012.;
  • Associate Editor of the IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits, as well as the Data Converter Subcommittee Chair and the Technical Program Chair of the IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC).

Alberto Salleo, Materials Science and Engineering

  • Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford University;
  • Research on novel materials and processing techniques for large-area and flexible electronic/photonic devices; Laser Materials Processing;
  • Co-authored over 220 refereed publications; 8 book chapters and edited a book on flexible electronics;
  • Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher in Materials Science;
  • NSF Career Award, the SPIE Early Career Award etc.;
  • Principal Editor of MRS Communications since 2011.

Zhenan Bao, Chemical Engineering

  • Professor of Chemical Engineering at Stanford University, and by courtesy, Professor of Chemistry, and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering;
  • Member of the National Academy of Engineering;
  • Pioneer and world-leading work on flexible and stretchable electronics, sensors, novel materials for electronic skin;
  • Selected as Nature‚Äôs Ten people who mattered in 2015 for her work on artificial electronic skin;
  • Over 400 refereed publications and over 60 US patents with a Google Scholar H-Index >120;
  • More than ten prestigious international awards: Nature's Ten people who mattered in 2015 for her work on artificial electronic skin; She was awarded the ACS Award for Applied Polymer Science in 2017, the L'Oreal UNESCO Women in Science Prize in 2017.

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