Conductive polymer nanocomposites for stretchable electronics: material selection, design, and applications

Shuhua Peng*, Yuyan Yu, Shuying Wu, Chun-Hui Wang*

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Stretchable electronics that can elongate elastically as well as flex are crucial to a wide range of emerging technologies, such as wearable medical devices, electronic skin, and soft robotics. Critical to stretchable electronics is their ability to withstand large mechanical strain without failure while retaining their electrical conduction properties, a feat significantly beyond traditional metals and silicon-based semiconductors. Herein, we present a review of the recent advances in stretchable conductive polymer nanocomposites with exceptional stretchability and electrical properties, which have the potential to transform a wide range of applications, including wearable sensors for biophysical signals, stretchable conductors and electrodes, and deformable energy-harvesting and -storage devices. Critical to achieving these stretching properties are the judicious selection and hybridization of nanomaterials, novel microstructure designs, and facile fabrication processes, which are the focus of this Review. To highlight the potentials of conductive nanocomposites, a summary of some recent important applications is presented, including COVID-19 remote monitoring, connected health, electronic skin for augmented intelligence, and soft robotics. Finally, perspectives on future challenges and new research opportunities are also presented and discussed.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43831-43854
Number of pages24
JournalACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
Issue number37
Publication statusPublished - 22 Sep 2021


  • conductive nanocomposites
  • stretchable electronics
  • sensors
  • soft robotics
  • energy storage


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