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Flexible and Structurally Integrated Electronics at the Air Force Research Lab

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Both printed and flexible electronic systems promise to expand the freedom of engineers and allow them to create unique, multifunctional structures and devices. Dr. Berrigan’s research team focuses on delivering state-of-the-art flexible electronics to our Airmen today and developing new materials and processing techniques that will affect them in the future. This seminar will highlight several specific applied research projects, namely, the use of direct-write tools to apply antennas to the surface of Air Force platforms, and the application of flexible, triple-junction solar cells into small unmanned vehicles to extend battery life. In addition, Berrigan’s team is developing materials and processing tools necessary to either create devices that are inherently mechanically compliant, or the materials and design tools needed to package rigid components into soft, flexible and reliable packaging. These soft systems can be used address Air Force-specific needs and challenges such as high-shock environment survivability and reconfigurable electronics. Finally, opportunities to engage with our team as both students and faculty will be discussed.

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