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Silicone substrate with in situ relief for stretchable thin-film transistors

We have manufactured stretchable thin-film transistors and interconnects directly onto an engineered silicone matrix with localized and graded mechanical compliance. The fabrication only involves planar and standard processing. Brittle active device materials are patterned on non deformable elastomer regions (strain < 1% at all times) while interconnects run smoothly from "stiff" to "soft" elastomer. Pentacene thin-film transistors sustain applied strain up to 13% without electrical degradation and mechanical fracture. This integrated approach opens promising options for the manufacture of physically adaptable and transformable circuitry. (C) 2011 American Institute of Physics. [doi:10.1063/1.3570661]

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