University of California nanoengineers have developed new techniques that could lead to molecularly stretchable electronics. The team experimented with different materials to determine how they would conform to a basketball.
Through their experiments, they found using wet chemistry in the lab they could make new semiconducting rubber materials that would conform to non-planar surfaces without wrinkling. The team is continuing its research to make these polymers feature extreme elasticity, be biodegradable and can self-repair. These polymers could be used in implantable biomedical devices and prosthetic applications.