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Flexible electronics are circuits and systems that can be bent, folded, stretched or conformed without losing their functionality. Hybrid electronics involves a mix of elements such as logic, memory, sensors, batteries, antennas, and various passives which may be printed or assembled on flexible substrates. Combined with low-cost manufacturing processes, and discoveries needed to improve performance and reliability, flexible hybrid electronics can present an entirely new paradigm for a wide range of electronics used in health care, consumer, automotive, aerospace, energy, defense, as well as many other applications.
The Flexible Hybrid Electronics (FLEX@TECH) program at the Georgia Institute of Technology is a campus-wide, multidisciplinary research, development, manufacturing, educational, and workforce development initiative, involving a large number of academic and research faculty, engineers and staff members, graduate and undergraduate students, from various schools, colleges, research centers and institutes. The members of this initiative work with other educational institutions, industry, and government agencies developing and implementing new technologies and manufacturing methods for Flexible Hybrid Electronics while educating and growing a competitive workforce that positively impacts the economic ecosystem in addressing some of the grand challenges associated with food, clean water, health, security, clean energy, and mobility for the sustainable progress of humanity and society.