The MRS Outstanding Young Investigator Award recognizes outstanding, interdisciplinary scientific work in materials research by a young scientist or engineer. The award recipient must also show exceptional promise as a developing leader in the materials area.

Sheng Xu, University of California, San Diego
for materials and device designs in biointegrated electronics and stretchable energy systems"

Soft Electronics for Noninvasive Health Care—From the Skin to Below the Skin

Soft electronic devices that can acquire vital signs from the human body represent an important trend for health care. Combined strategies of materials design and advanced microfabrication allow the integration of a variety of components and devices on a stretchable platform, resulting in functional systems with minimal constraints on the human body. In this presentation, Xu will demonstrate a wearable multichannel patch that can sense a collection of signals from the human skin in a wireless mode. Additionally, integrating high-performance ultrasonic transducers on the stretchable platform adds a new third dimension to the detection range of conventional soft electronics. Ultrasound waves can penetrate the skin and noninvasively capture dynamic events in deep tissues, such as blood pressure and blood flow waveforms in central arteries and veins. This stretchable platform holds profound implications for a wide range of applications in consumer electronics, sports medicine, defense and clinical practices.

About Sheng Xu

Sheng Xu is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Nanoengineering at the University of California, San Diego. He received his BS degree in chemistry and molecular engineering from Peking University and PhD degree in materials science and engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. Xu worked as a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research group currently focuses on crystalline material growth for high-performance energy harvesting devices and biointegrated electronics for health monitoring and human–machine interfaces. His research has been highlighted as “Groundbreaking Research in 2018” by Forbes, “12 innovations that will revolutionize the future of medicine” by National Geographic, and 2018 National Institutes of Health (NIH)-wide end-of-year review. Xu has been recognized by a series of awards, including the MIT Technology Review 35 Innovators Under 35, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Technology Development Award, 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry Prize for Young Chemists, and the Materials Research Society (MRS) Graduate Student Award.