Chemical vapor deposition (CVD) is a nascent, single-step approach to simultaneously synthesize and deposit films of soft electronic materials on unconventional substrates such as, threads, garments and living plants, and is increasingly important for creating wearable and plant electronics. Selected unique examples of functional polymer films created using RVD will be highlighted, including a multi-use doped conducting polymer, a washable ionogel, and plant-derived optoelectronic polymers. Novel devices created using various CVD coated substrates will be introduced. The ongoing use of integrated sensing systems created from these CVD-coated substrates in human motion and health sensing will be detailed.
Professor Trisha L. Andrew is an Associate Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She directs the Wearable Electronics Lab, a multi-disciplinary research team that explores the use of chemical vapor deposition to create electronic devices on unconventional substrates, such as fibers, fabrics and living plants. Trisha started her career as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Electrical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, after receiving her Ph.D. from MIT in 2011. She has unconventional training in the disparate fields of synthetic organic chemistry and microelectronic device fabrication that inform her varied research interests. Trisha is a David and Lucille Packard Foundation Fellow, a National Academy of Sciences Kavli Fellow, an Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator, a L’Oréal USA For Women in Science Fellow, a 3M Nontenured Faculty Award winner, and was named as one Forbes’ magazine “30 Under 30” Innovators in Energy.