Soft Electronics

Mjuka elektroniska trådiga partiklar i extrem närbild.
Photo: Klas Tybrandt

Combining softness and elasticity with electronic functionality in materials and devices.

Principal investigator: Klas Tybrandt 

The living world around us is rarely flat, but often soft and constantly deforming. It is a grad challenge to adapt our hard and rigid technology to fit these geometrical and mechanical constraints. The Soft Electronics group develops composite materials, design concepts and devices to meet this challenge, moving electronics into the realm of soft and deforming systems.

Soft and elastic electrically conductive and semiconductive composite materials can be developed based on nanomaterials/conjugated polymers and elastomers. By tailoring the properties of the conductive filler and the morphology of the composite, high performance functional materials that can sustain large deformations can be achieved. The interaction between the nanostructured conductive filler and the elastomer matrix is of particular interest for understanding and developing new materials and devices.

Within the Soft Electronics group, which is part of the Laboratory of Organic Electronics LOE, we develop materials, design concepts and devices to address the challenges of soft and elastic electronics. We synthesize and employ nanomaterials and conductive polymers to develop composite materials based on a variety of rubbers. Another focus is fabrication technologies, a necessity for bringing our materials and concepts into actual components and devices. We address a wide range of applications, spanning from soft neural interfaces and bioelectronics to deformable displays and thermoelectrics.

Our long-term goal is to develop a technology which can transform our modern-day electronics into something which seamlessly can be integrated into most aspects of human life through various human-machine interfaces. 

The Soft Electronics group is part of the Wallenberg Wood Science Center and is funded by the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research (SSF), the Swedish Research Council (VR), the Swedish Government Strategic Research Area in Materials Science on Advanced Functional Materials at Linköping University (AFM), the ÅFORSK foundation, and VINNOVA.

We are currently hiring postdocs and PhD students

Videos about soft electronics

Damaged nerves can be replaced with soft electronics 

If electronics was soft and compliant, it could be implanted in the body and help people with nerve damage. But not only that, the uses for this type of electronics are innumerable. Energy storage for example. This is what our research is about. Watch the movie from the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research (SSF) here!

Microelectrodes as soft as the human body

A new soft and elastic technology for neural implants have been developed in a collaboration between Linköping University, ETH Zurich, New York University and Columbia University, led by Assistant Professor Klas Tybrandt. The softness enables chronic integration of electronics with sensitive tissue, making it attractive for a wide range of biomedical applications. 




Lars Hultman, Sara Mazur, Caroline Ankarcrona, Anders Palmqvist, Maria Abrahamsson, Marta-Lena Antti, Malin Baltzar, Lennart Bergstroem, Pontus de Laval, Ludvig Edman, Paul Erhart, Lars Kloo, Mats W. Lundberg, Anders Mikkelsen, Ellen Moons, Cecilia Persson, Hakan Rensmo, Johanna Rosén, Christina Ruden, Malin Selleby, Jan-Eric Sundgren, Kimberly Dick Thelander, Klas Tybrandt, Paer Weihed, Xiaodong Zou, Maria Astrand, Charlotte Platzer Bjoerkman, Jochen Schneider, Olle Eriksson, Magnus Berggren (2024) Advanced materials provide solutions towards a sustainable world Nature Materials, Vol. 23, p. 160-161 Continue to DOI


Aiman Rahmanudin, Ziyauddin Khan, Klas Tybrandt, Nara Kim (2023) Sustainable stretchable batteries for next-generation wearables Journal of Materials Chemistry A, Vol. 11, p. 22718-22736 Continue to DOI
Ulrika Boda, Jan Strandberg, Jens Eriksson, Xianjie Liu, Valerio Beni, Klas Tybrandt (2023) Screen-Printed Corrosion-Resistant and Long-Term Stable Stretchable Electronics Based on AgAu Microflake Conductors ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, Vol. 15, p. 12372-12382 Continue to DOI
Taehyun Park, Byeonggwan Kim, Seunggun Yu, Youjin Park, Jin Woo Oh, Taebin Kim, Nara Kim, Yeonji Kim, Dan Zhao, Zia Khan, Samuel Lienemann, Xavier Crispin, Klas Tybrandt, Cheolmin Park, Seong Chan Jun (2023) Ionoelastomer electrolytes for stretchable ionic thermoelectric supercapacitors Nano Energy, Vol. 114, Article 108643 Continue to DOI
Ioannis Petsagkourakis, S. Riera-Galindo, Tero-Petri Ruoko, Xenofon Strakosas, E. Pavlopoulou, Xianjie Liu, Slawomir Braun, Renee Kroon, Nara Kim, Samuel Lienemann, Viktor Gueskine, G. Hadziioannou, Magnus Berggren, Mats Fahlman, Simone Fabiano, Klas Tybrandt, Xavier Crispin (2023) Improved Performance of Organic Thermoelectric Generators Through Interfacial Energetics Advanced Science, Vol. 10, Article 2206954 Continue to DOI
Ulrika Boda, Ioannis Petsagkourakis, Valerio Beni, Peter Andersson Ersman, Klas Tybrandt (2023) Fully Screen-Printed Stretchable Organic Electrochemical Transistors Advanced Materials Technologies Continue to DOI
Vasileios Oikonomou, Till Dreier, Alexandra Sandéhn, Mohsen Mohammadi, Jakob Lonborg Christensen, Klas Tybrandt, Anders Bjorholm Dahl, Vedrana Andersen Dahl, Martin Bech, Eleni Stavrinidou (2023) Elucidating the Bulk Morphology of Cellulose-Based Conducting Aerogels with X-Ray Microtomography Advanced Materials Technologies, Vol. 8, Article 2300550 Continue to DOI
Mohsen Mohammadi, Magnus Berggren, Klas Tybrandt (2023) Versatile Ultrasoft Electromagnetic Actuators with Integrated Strain-Sensing Cellulose Nanofibril Foams ADVANCED INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS, Vol. 5, Article 2200449 Continue to DOI
Iwona Bernacka Wojcik, Loic Talide, Ilaria Abdel Aziz, Jan Simura, Vasileios Oikonomou, Stefano Rossi, Mohsen Mohammadi, Abdul Manan Manan Dar, Maria S Seitanidou, Magnus Berggren, Daniel Simon, Klas Tybrandt, Magnus Jonsson, Karin Ljung, Totte Niittyla, Eleni Stavrinidou (2023) Flexible Organic Electronic Ion Pump for Flow-Free Phytohormone Delivery into Vasculature of Intact Plants Advanced Science, Vol. 10, Article 2206409 Continue to DOI
Dennis Cherian, Arghyamalya Roy, Alex Bersellini Farinotti, Tobias Abrahamsson, Theresia Arbring Sjöström, Klas Tybrandt, David Nilsson, Magnus Berggren, Camilla I. Svensson, David Poxson, Daniel Simon (2023) Flexible Organic Electronic Ion Pump Fabricated Using Inkjet Printing and Microfabrication for Precision In Vitro Delivery of Bupivacaine Advanced Healthcare Materials, Vol. 12, Article 2300550 Continue to DOI

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