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Artificial Electronic-Skin: Large Area Sensor

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  • Seminar Series
When May 31, 2013
from 01:00 PM to 02:30 PM
Where Engr. IV Bldg., Shannon Room 54-134
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Contact Phone 310-825-9786
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Ali Javey

UC Berkeley


In this talk, development of large-area sensor networks on a skin-like substrate capable of spatial and temporal mapping of a wide range of stimuli is discussed. The enabled electronic-skin (e-skin) presents a new class of smart materials which can be laminated on virtually any object while providing user interfacing with the external ambient at an unprecedented scale.  The stimuli could include pressure (e.g., touch), temperature, strain (e.g., crack formation), light (imaging), and more.  Recent advancements in semiconductor materials with unusual form factors, device architectures, and process technologies needed for obtaining the envisioned system will be discussed.  Specifically, an example e-skin prototype with fully integrated electronic device components, tactile sensors and OLED display will be presented. 


Professor Ali Javey received a Ph.D. degree in chemistry from Stanford University in 2005, and was a Junior Fellow of the Harvard Society of Fellows from 2005 to 2006. He then joined the faculty of the University of California at Berkeley where he is currently an associate professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences. He is also a faculty scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory where he serves as the program leader of Electronic Materials (E-Mat). He is an associate editor of ACS Nano. He is the co-director of Berkeley Sensor and Actuator Center (BSAC), and Bay Area PV Consortium (BAPVC).

Professor Javey's research interests encompass the fields of chemistry, materials science, and electrical engineering. His work focuses on the integration of nanoscale electronic materials for various technological applications, including novel nanoelectronics, flexible circuits and sensors, and energy generation and harvesting. He has received numerous awards including UC Berkeley Electrical Engineering Outstanding Teaching Award (2012); APEC Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education (2011); Netexplorateur of the Year Award (2011); IEEE Nanotechnology Early Career Award (2010); Alfred P. Sloan Fellow (2010); Mohr Davidow Ventures Innovators Award (2010); National Academy of Sciences Award for Initiatives in Research (2009); Technology Review TR35 (2009); NSF Early CAREER Award (2008); U.S. Frontiers of Engineering by National Academy of Engineering (2008); and Peter Verhofstadt Fellowship from the Semiconductor Research Corporation (2003). 

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