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ACS Appl Mater Interfaces. 2017 Sep 6;9(35):29424-29429. doi: 10.1021/acsami.7b07327. Epub 2017 Aug 25.

Conformal Electronics Wrapped Around Daily Life Objects Using an Original Method: Water Transfer Printing.

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UMR CNRS 6164, Institut d'Électronique et des Télécommunications de Rennes, Université Rennes 1, , Campus de Beaulieu, 35042 Rennes Cedex, France.


The water transfer printing method is used to transfer patterned films on random three-dimensional objects. This industrially viable technology has been demonstrated to intimately wrap metallic and polymeric films around different materials. This method avoids the use of rigid substrate during the transfer step. Patterns can be transferred to objects without folds even when holed, addressing a challenging issue in the field of conformal electronics. This technique allows high film bending properties to be reached. This promising method enables us to integrate large-area films onto daily life objects. A bent capacitive touchpad is fabricated showing the potential applications of this technology.


additive transfer; conformal electronics; curvilinear electronics; flexible electronics; water transfer printing


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