Pursuing prosthetic electronic skin

Nat Mater. 2016 Sep;15(9):937-50. doi: 10.1038/nmat4671. Epub 2016 Jul 4.


Skin plays an important role in mediating our interactions with the world. Recreating the properties of skin using electronic devices could have profound implications for prosthetics and medicine. The pursuit of artificial skin has inspired innovations in materials to imitate skin's unique characteristics, including mechanical durability and stretchability, biodegradability, and the ability to measure a diversity of complex sensations over large areas. New materials and fabrication strategies are being developed to make mechanically compliant and multifunctional skin-like electronics, and improve brain/machine interfaces that enable transmission of the skin's signals into the body. This Review will cover materials and devices designed for mimicking the skin's ability to sense and generate biomimetic signals.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Biomimetics / instrumentation*
  • Electrical Equipment and Supplies*
  • Humans
  • Mechanical Phenomena
  • Skin, Artificial*