Research Interests

- Stretchable and Flexible Electronics

- Wearable Sensing Systems (Textile Electronics)

- Implantable Bio-Sensing Systems 

- Fiber Electronics

- Soft and Wearable Robotics

WEARABLE ELECTRONICS (ELECTRONIC TEXTILES)

Smart gloves (Human-machine interfaces

for Human-Machine interfaces

Real-time pressure sensing textile

Lee et al. NPG Asia Materials (2016)

Lee et al. Advanced Materials (2015)

Lee et al. ACS NANO (2018)

60 kg passenger

100 kg passenger

Drone-controlling smart glove

Robot-controlling smart glove

Based on fiber-based electronic sensors, various wearable electronics, particularly electronic textile, can be implemented. Simply by sawing the fiber-based mechanical sensors into typical textiles, gloves, and clothes, smart gloves which can wirelessly control a drone and robot can be successfully developed. Real-time pressure sensing textiles for monitoring shape and weigth of a passenger on a chair is another application of fiber sensors. In addition, numerous awesome applications will be demonstrated by SoBiLab.

IMPLANTABLE ELECTRONIC SENSORS

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Lee et al. ACS NANO (2018)

Lee et al. Nature Electronics (2021)

1D fiber-based electronic devices have a unique advantage in biomedical or implantable applications thanks to the structural feature. Nevertheless, fiber electronics has been barely investigated in biomedical applications. SoBiLab aims to successfully apply 1D soft electronic devices to biomedical applications and bridge previous biomedical/implantable soft electronics with clinical applications. Several relevant projects are ongoing. Join us!

1D SOFT ELECTRONIC DEVICES

Fiber-based pressure sensor

Fiber heater

Fiber strain sensor

Stretchable conductive fiber

Lee et al. Advanced Materials (2015)

Lee et al. ACS NANO (2018)

It has been practically difficult to apply previous planar (2D) electronic devices to complex (1D or 3D) structures of various wearable applications mainly due to the structural mismatch in between. In particular, textile electronics, one of main directions for future wearable electronics, greatly demands a new type of electronic device with superior compliance with textiles and better deformability. Fiber electronics is a perfect candidate for achieving the future wearable electronics and smart textiles! SoBiLab has world-leading expertise in fiber electronics, especially for sensor technology.

FLEXIBLE AND STRETCHABLE ELECTRONICS

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Bio-inspired flexible pressure sensor array

Kang, Lee et al. Advanced Electronic Materials (2016)

Paper keyboard based on flexible sensors

Lee et al. Small (2017)

Mechanical compliance including flexibility and stretchability is a key feature of soft electronic devices for wearable or biomedical applications. We have developed several types of flexible and stretchable electronic devices such as bioinspired flexible pressure sensor array, paper keyboard, 1D stretchable sensors, etc. Based on the plentiful experience and expertise in flexible/stretchable electronics, we are extending our research to soft robotics, actuators, and wearable robotics.