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Ionic-Electronic Functional Materials and Composites

Related research topics:

  • Flexible, Stretchable, Wearable, Healable Electronics

  • (Ionic) Hydrogels

  • Polymer Nanocomposite

  • Sensor and Energy Applications

Our group focuses on flexible/stretchable functional materials, serving both sensing and energy storage functionalities in wearable applications. The Lab is well equipped with materials synthesis, characterization, device fabrication, and system integration facilities.

Materials Synthesis:

Leveraging our core strength in materials chemistry, we synthesize polymers, porous materials, 2D materials, and composites typically into films. Depending on the required structure, morphology, and properties, we work with a wide range of materials including hydrogels and MXenes. Our synthesis techniques range from room-temperature solution processes, chemical vapor deposition (CVD), pulsed laser deposition (PLD), evaporation, to sputtering. Post-fabrication processing typically includes a combination of surface functionalization, doping, and thermal treatments.

Device Fabrication:

Device fabrication includes micro-plotter for patterning of device features, programmable laser for cutting and surface modification, 3D printers, and electro-spinners.


We routinely perform characterization such as SEM, TEM, XRD, XPS, Raman, and FTIR. Device testing platforms includes  mechanical/tensile tester, semiconductor parameter analyzer, gas sensing with environmental control, and electrochemical/impedance analyzer.

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