Merging electronics with human bodies

Through emerging scientific understandings and technological developments in tissue-like polymer electronic materials, devices and energy supplies.

Intrinsically stretchable transistor array

As the device building-block for skin-like electronics, it concurrently provides exceptional electrical performance, skin-like mechanical properties, high device density and performance-uniformity.

Intrinsically stretchable polymer semiconductor

As the material building-block for skin-like electronics, it combines high semiconducting properties and extraordinary mechanical stretchability in single material systems.

Triboelectric nanogenerator

An emerging energy technology that can use polymers to generate electricity from human motions, with high energy conversion efficiency and power output.

Welcome to the Sihong Wang Research Group

Our group focuses on the development of soft polymeric materials and devices that can merge electronics with biological systems in both mechanical & chemical characteristics, as well as energy flow. The target is to provide a new technological platform for biomedical studies. These developments largely rely on the fundamental study of the combinations of exceptional (opto)electronic/energy functionalities, mechanical softness, and bio-compatibility, in single material systems.


We have openings for postdocs, graduate students, and undergrad students. Candidates with backgrounds/interests in polymer chemistry & physics, organic electronics, bio-electronics, optoelectronics, electrochemistry are welcomed to contact Prof. Wang with your CV.

 News and Highlights

Sept. 2019 – Sihong gave a keynote talk in the International Nanotechnology and Nanoscience Conference.

Sept. 2019 – Sihong gave an invited talk in the Macropolis 2019: Chicagoland Soft Matter Symposium. Thanks for the invitation!

August 2019 – We had our first Undergraduate Summer Symposium!

July 2019 – Sihong gave an invited talk in the Mi-Bio Summit on Flexible and Stretchable Bioelectronics at Purdue University. Thanks for the invitation!

June 2019 – Sihong gave an invited talk in the 5th Symposium on Flexible and Stretchable Electronics 2019.

June 2019 – Sihong gave an invited seminar in the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

June 2019 – Sihong gave an invited seminar in Tsinghua University, Beijing.

June 2019 – Sihong gave an invited talk in the 4th International Conference on Nanoenergy and Nanosystems.

April 2019 – Sihong gave an invited talk in the 2019 MRS Spring meeting.

April 2019 – Welcome Hongzhang to join our group as a visiting student!

April 2019 – Welcome Wei to join our group as a Postdoc!

April 2019 – Sihong was invited to present the Molecular Engineering Information Session during the Spring Open House of the University of Chicago.

March 2019 – Welcome Huawei to join our group as a Postdoc!

Feb. 2019 – Welcome Yang to join our group as an incoming PME Ph.D. student!

Jan. 2019 – Welcome Alexandra, Nickolas and Tony to join our group as undergraduate researchers!

Nov. 2018 – Welcome our inaugural batch of Ph.D. students, Yahao and Nan, to join our group!

Nov. 2018 – Sihong gave a talk in the 2018 MRS Fall Meeting.

Nov. 2018 – Sihong gave an invited talk in the Xiamen Soft Matter Forum 2018 in Xiamen, China.

Sept. 2018 – Sihong joined the Institute for Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago as an Assistant Professor.

June 2018 – Sihong gave an invited talk in the 4th International Symposium of Flexible and Stretchable Electronics in Wuhan, China.

Feb. 2018 – The intrinsically stretchable transistor arrays and circuits paper was published in Nature. It was featured on Nature Biotechnology, MRS Bulletin, Stanford NewsXinhua NewsMedgadget, Tech XploreUnited Press International, Electronic Design, LinkedIn, Tech Explorist, The O&P Edge, etc.

Jan. 2017 – The intrinsically stretchable polymer semiconductor paper was published in Science. It was featured on Science, Nature Nanotechnology, Clinical ChemistryChemical & Engineering News, Physics Today, Physics World,, ScienceDaily, Electronic Component News, New Scientist, etc.

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