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Electronic Materials Devices and Systems


The laboratory works on thin-film technology, functional materials, as well as the design and fabrication of nanostructures, on flexible and organic substrates to realize devices and systems with dedicated electrical, mechanical and biological properties. Our thin-film systems can be soft and mechanically flexible to allow their integration into everyday items. They are made from biocompatible materials which allow the realization of electronic skins and even their use inside the human body, furthermore the employed materials and processes minimize the ecological footprint of the manufactured devices.

Our devices and circuits are compatible with most sensing technologies and can be combined with various transducers to realize fully autonomous systems. Finally, thin-film systems on cheap plastic foils can cover large areas e.g. for the fabrication of screens and human-sized sensor devices, which is essential for the interaction between individuals and technology.

We use electronic oxide materials to fabricate thin-film transistors and circuits on active and passive organic substrates. This allows the efficient, small-scale fabrication of integrated devices, individually developed and optimized for local applications and data collection in the areas of automation, agriculture, telemedicine or environmental monitoring. By providing cost-efficient, unobtrusive, and widely applicable electronic systems, thin-film electronics connects the physical and digital worlds and is a major technology required by the future digital society.

Research focus

Research focus

Design, fabrication and characterization of materials and devices on any arbitrary deformable substrates for large-area, flexible, and biocompatible electronics.

  • Thin-film technology based on functionalized oxides for individualized high-performance systems.
  • Mechanical and electrical performance of flexible and stretchable oxide-based thin-film transistors.
  • Integrated analog and digital thin-film circuits for sensor conditioning, data processing, and communication.
  • Functionalization of fibres, and integration of flexible electronics into textiles to create wearable support systems for healthcare, sports, or professionals.
  • Realization of electronics using innovative fabrication approaches such as writing or 3D printing in combination with new materials to realize perceptive soft robots, customizable systems and biomimetic electronics.

Niko Münzenrieder

Vice head
Giuseppe Cantarella