Each year Technology Review names 10 technologies that are worth keeping an eye on. This year's list (published in the March/April 2006 issue) includes stretchable silicon, a technology that John Rogers is developing as a researcher at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology and Professor of Materials Science and engineering at the University of Illinois.
Stretchable silicon has tremendous potential applications because it retains the speed of traditional rigid, single-crystal silicon while providing a flexible surface. These "stretchy" circuits make it possible to create wearable electronics such as surgeons' gloves that could monitor a patient's blood levels, or apparel that could be temperature-regulated. Other applications include digitized maps on military tent walls, highly portable computers that could be rolled up, and sensors that could be wrapped around airplane wings.
Rogers' work on developing stretchable silicon isn't new to the spotlight. It has garnered high-profile exposure in Science, Scientific American, Chemical & Engineering News, National Geographic, Chicago Sun-Times, Wired Magazine, and Science Daily, just to name a few.
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For more information on John Rogers and his research visit his research group website at http://rogers.mse.uiuc.edu.