IEEE is pleased to announce the publication of the inaugural issue of IEEE Journal on Flexible Electronics (J-FLEX). IEEE J-FLEX is an exciting journal covering research in the broad area of flexible and printed electronics and sensors and systems on flexible, disposable, stretchable, and degradable substrates. A joint publication of IEEE Sensors Council, IEEE Electron Device Society, and IEEE Circuits and Systems Society, the journal provides authors a convenient and efficient process to communicate their multidisciplinary research results to the vibrant global flexible electronics community.
The interdisciplinary and multinational Editorial Board of IEEE J-FLEX reflects the composition of the research community the journal is serving. Following a streamlined peer-review process, overseen by a leading editorial board, the inaugural issue comes with the introductory editorial piece by Prof. Ravinder Dahiya, the first Editor-in-Chief of IEEE J-FLEX, and seven scientific papers which include one review article and six research articles coving different areas such as electronic waste, sustainable electronics, flexible antenna for sensing and wireless area/body networks, biofuel cells, energy harvesters, thin-film transistors, organic transistors, and flexible microfluidic devices.
The review article focuses on the growing issue of electronic waste and lays an emphasis on the need for the electronics industry to transition to more sustainable practices. The article presents a brief contextual summary of how the international management of Waste Printed Circuit Boards and legalization have evolved over the past 20 years, and reviews existing materials used in PCBs, their evolution towards flexible PCBs, and eventually the additively manufactured PCBs and resource-efficient printed electronics. An overview of the potential solutions and new opportunities arising from the greater use of sustainable materials and resource-efficient manufacturing is also presented in this article.
The inaugural issue presents a membrane-less enzymatic biofuel cell utilizing carbon nanotubes coated carbon cloth as bioelectrodes. The bioelectrodes are integrated on a paper substrate to develop an economical and disposable patch-type wearable biofuel cell.
Another paper included in the inaugural issues presents amorphous indium-gallium-zinc oxide thin-film transistors and circuits on flexible polyimide substrate. The paper shows the advantages of incorporating fluorination in the construction of circuit building blocks, leading to higher gain, wider noise margins, more tightly distributed transition voltage, and larger output swing.
We hope that you will find these articles useful to stimulate your research into the fast-growing area of Flexible Electronics. We welcome submissions via the journal's submission and peer review website at https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jflex.
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