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20_01/2008Cover Picture: Fabrication of Elastomeric Wires by Selective Electroless Metallization of Poly(dimethylsiloxane) (Adv. Mater. 1/2008)

Tricia Carmichael and co-workers employ a simple, low-cost method for the fabrication of patterned metal films on elastomeric poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) substrates, as described on p. 59. The metal/PDMS composites are electrically conductive and mechanically flexible, making them suitable for use in the fabrication of lightweight, flexible devices such as wearable electronics, biocompatible sensors, and artificial nerves, skins, and muscles. Copper wires on PDMS remain conductive when subjected to linear strains of up to 52 %. The utility of these wires is demonstrated by using them as laminated top contacts in an organic light-emitting device.

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