Wenlong Cheng1,2 *


Professor and Director of Research
1Department of Chemical Engineering, Monash University, Clayton, Victoria 3800 Australia
Ambassador Technology Fellow

2Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication, Clayton VIC 3168, Australia


Next generation of electronic devices will be not only flexible but also stretchable, enabling applications impossible to achieve with existing rigid circuit board technologies. This needs new materials and new design principles. In this talk, I will discuss the Monash e-skin-based wearable technology platform including the electronic skin materials using gold nanowires [1-3], ionic liquid [4] and bio-inspired design [5]. These materials can be used to fabricate high-performance wearable biomedical sensors enabling real-time monitoring artery wrist pulses, body motions and sporting activities in real-time and in-situ. Our sensors can communicate via smartphone, indicating the potential of remote health management anytime anywhere.


1. Shu Gong, Willem Schwalb, Yongwei Wang, Yi Chen, Yue Tang, Jye Si, Bijan Shirinzadeh and Wenlong Cheng*, A wearable and highly sensitive pressure sensor with ultrathin gold nanowires. Nature Communications, 2014, 5, 3132.

2. Shu Gong, Daniel T.H. Lai, Bin Su, Kae Jye Si, Zheng Ma, Lim Wei Yap, Pengzhen Guo, and Wenlong Cheng*, Highly Stretchy Black Gold E-Skin Nanopatchs as Highly Sensitive Wearable Biomedical Sensors. Advanced Electronic Materials, 2015, Accepted.

3. Shu Gong, Daniel Lai, Yan Wang, Lim Wei Yap, Kae Jye Si, Qianqian Shi, Naveen N. Jason, Tam Sridhar, Hemayet Uddin, and Wenlong Cheng*. Tatoo-like Polyaniline Microparticle-Doped Gold Nanowire Patches as Highly Durable Wearable Sensors. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2015, 7, 19700-19708.

4. Yan Wang, Shu Gong, Stephen Jia Wang, George P. Simon and Wenlong Cheng*. Volume-invariant ionic liquid microbands as highly durable wearable biomedical sensors. Mater. Horiz., 2016, Advance Article, DOI: 10.1039/C5MH00284B (Front Cover Article).

5. Bin Su*, Shu Gong, Zheng Ma, Lim Wei Yap, and Wenlong Cheng*, Mimosa-inspired design of flexible pressure sensor with touch sensitivity. Small, 2015, 11, 1886-1891 (Frontpiece Cover Article).


Biographic Details

Wenlong Cheng is a full professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Monash University, Australia, and the Ambassador Technology Fellow in Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication. He earned his PhD from Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2005 and his BS from Jilin University, China in 1999. He held positions in the Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics and the Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering of Cornell University before joining the Monash University in 2010. His research interest lies at the Nano-Bio Interface, particularly addressing plasmonic nanomaterials, DNA nanotechnology, nanoparticle anticancer theranostics and electronic skins. He has published >90 papers including 3 in Nature Nanotech, 1 in Nature Mater and 1 in Nature Comm.