Department seminar: How Wearable is Your Wearable? Solution Metallization for Conformable Electronics September 25th 12-1pm

Professor Tricia Breen Carmichael

University of Windsor

How Wearable is Your Wearable? Solution Metallization for Conformable Electronics

Date: Wednesday September 25th 12-1pm

Location: LAS 3033

Lunch bites will be provided.


Wearable electronics create an intimate connection between humans and devices.  The demand for wearables is growing, with a market predicted to reach $150B annually by 2027. Although today’s smartwatches, fitness trackers, and virtual reality goggles are noticeable and bulky items, the vision for future wearable electronics involves closer integration with humans through the fabrication of new devices that are as soft as the body.  Soft and conformable devices will enable unobtrusive wearable systems that monitor human health, detect disease, sense and record motion, display illumination, and provide a seamless tactile interface with virtual reality systems.  The merging of electronic devices with the human body by combining functional electronic materials with soft elastomeric substrates and textiles will enable devices to be worn on the skin, in the body, or inconspicuously in everyday clothing. A fundamental challenge in this field, however, involves the integration of functional electronic materials with these substrate materials, which often present problematic surface chemistries and topographies.  This seminar will describe research by the Carmichael Group on new solution-based methodologies to prepare gold films on elastomers, nitrile gloves, and textiles that overcome these issues to provide conformal and conductive coatings.  Applications such as wearable strain sensors, stretchable light-emitting devices, and e-textiles will be presented.


Tricia Breen Carmichael is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Windsor.  After receiving her PhD in 1996 from the University of Windsor with Professor Douglas W. Stephan, she spent two years as an NSERC postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Professor George M. Whitesides at Harvard University where she pioneered new methods for the 3D self-assembly of electrical connections.  She then took up the position of Research Staff Member at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York from 1999-2005, where she developed patterning methods for organic electronic devices and new soluble organic semiconductors, including a soluble pentacene derivative that established an important new direction in the field.  Her current research program at the University of Windsor focuses on new materials and methods for the fabrication of stretchable and wearable electronic devices. She has published influential papers in the field, with highlights that include new stretchable and conductive textile-based wearable electronics (e-textiles), wearable electroluminescent fabrics, soft and stretchable light-emitting devices and transparent conductors, and the first transparent butyl rubber for next-generation stretchable electronics.  Dr. Carmichael holds >25 patents and has won numerous awards, including an Ontario Ministry of Innovation Early Researcher Award, an NSERC University Faculty Award, and the NSERC Doctoral Prize for her PhD work. She is an Editorial Board Member of the journal Flexible and Printed Electronics (Institute of Physics) and Chem (Cell Press).

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