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    12/12/19 - 9:45 AM to 11:00 AM

    Student Seminar Series: Professor Trisha Andrew

    Student Seminar Series

Polymer Coatings Created by Reactive Vapor Deposition and Their Application in Wearable Electronics

Efforts in using reactive vapor deposition to create functional polymer films on nontraditional substrates will be described. Vapor coating methods allow for rough and/or fragile substrates to be nondestructively coated with a variety of polymer films. To date, various off-the-shelf garments, commercial textiles, threads/yarns, plant leaves, and flower petals have been conformally coated with either electronic-polymer or polyacrylate films. Selected technologies created using vapor-coated fibers, textiles and plant matter will be described, including smart joint braces for movement sensing; garments for sleep monitoring; lightweight, small-form-factor supercapacitors that can be sewed or knitted into garments for wearable and portable energy storage; and flexible electrodes for bioimpedance spectroscopy.

Professor Andrew

Trisha L. Andrew is a professor of chemistry and chemical dngineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She directs the Wearable Electronics Lab, a multi-disciplinary research team that produces garment-integrated technologies using reactive vapor deposition. 

Professor Andrew started her career as an assistant professor of chemistry and electrical engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, after receiving her doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is a David and Lucile Packard Foundation Fellow, a National Academy of Sciences Kavli Fellow, a L’Oréal USA For Women in Science Fellow, and was named as one Forbes’ magazine “30 U.

  • Event Details

    Location: 331 Smith Hall
    Host: Steven Butler, Stephanie Liffland, Rebeca Rodriguez
    • Professor Trisha Andrew
    • Trisha Andrew
    • Department of Chemistry
    • University of Massachusetts Amherst

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