Deformable electronics have found various applications and elastomeric materials have been widely used to reach flexibility and stretchability. In this Letter, we report an alternative approach to enable deformability through origami. In this approach, the deformability is achieved through folding and unfolding at the creases while the functional devices do not experience strain. We have demonstrated an example of origami-enabled silicon solar cells and showed that this solar cell can reach up to 644% areal compactness while maintaining reasonable good performance upon cyclic folding/unfolding. This approach opens an alternative direction of producing flexible, stretchable, and deformable electronics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number83501
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number8
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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    Tang, R., Huang, H., Tu, H., Liang, H., Liang, M., Song, Z., Xu, Y., Jiang, H., & Yu, H. (2014). Origami-enabled deformable silicon solar cells. Applied Physics Letters, 104(8), [83501]. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4866145