Tattoo-Paper Transfer as a Versatile Platform for All-Printed Organic Edible Electronics

Giorgio E. Bonacchini, Caterina Bossio, Francesco Greco, Virgilio Mattoli, Yun Hi Kim, Guglielmo Lanzani*, Mario Caironi

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The use of natural or bioinspired materials to develop edible electronic devices is a potentially disruptive technology that can boost point-of-care testing. The technology exploits devices that can be safely ingested, along with pills or even food, and operated from within the gastrointestinal tract. Ingestible electronics can potentially target a significant number of biomedical applications, both as therapeutic and diagnostic tool, and this technology may also impact the food industry, by providing ingestible or food-compatible electronic tags that can "smart" track goods and monitor their quality along the distribution chain. Temporary tattoo-paper is hereby proposed as a simple and versatile platform for the integration of electronics onto food and pharmaceutical capsules. In particular, the fabrication of all-printed organic field-effect transistors on untreated commercial tattoo-paper, and their subsequent transfer and operation on edible substrates with a complex nonplanar geometry is demonstrated.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1706091
Number of pages8
JournalAdvanced Materials
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - 20 Feb 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Cytotoxicity
  • Edible electronics
  • Organic bioelectronics
  • Printed electronics
  • Tattoo-paper

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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