Wenlong Cheng

Flexible Thin Film Electronics

Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering, Monash University, 20 Research Way, Clayton, Victoria 3800 Australia


Email: wenlong.cheng@monash.edu






Wenlong Cheng is a professor and director of research in the Department of Chemical&Biological Engineering at Monash University, Australia. He is currently a fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry and was also an Ambassador Tech Fellow in Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication. He earned his PhD from Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2005 and his BS from Jilin University, China in 1999. He was Alexander von Humboldt fellow in the Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics and a research associate in the Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering of Cornell University. He founded Monash NanoBionics lab at the Monash University in 2010. His research interest lies at the Nano-Bio Interface, particularly self-assembly of 2D plasmonic nanomaterials, DNA nanotechnology, electronic skins and stretchable energy devices. He has published >180 papers. He is currently the scientific editor for Nanoscale Horizon (Royal Society of Chemistry) and the editorial board members for a few journals including iScience, Chemosensors, Nanoscale, Nanoscale Advances, Advanced Sensors & Energy Materials, and Austin Journal of Biomedical Engineering.






Abstract for Presentation

 Gold electronic skins and tattoos for connected healthcare


Sensitive, specific yet multifunctional tattoo-like electronics are ideal wearable systems for health monitoring anytime anywhere because they are virtually becoming parts of Human skins offering burdenless “unfeelable” wearing experience. Here, I will present our skin-like, multifunctional electronic skins and tattoos using standing enokitake mushroom-like vertically aligned nanowires. Among various materials of choices, gold has advantages of biocompatibity, chemical inertness, facile synthesis/Surface functionalisation and band-gap-matching with a lot of semiconductors materials. In this talk, I will briefly discuss our gold nanowire-based soft biosensing platform in the forms of patches, fibers and tattoos and cover some representative applications in health monitoring.











1.    Bowen Zhu, Shu Gong, Wenlong Cheng*. Softening Gold for Elastronics. Chemical Society Review, 2019, 48, 1668-1711.
2.    Qingfeng Zhai, Yan Wang, Shu Gong, Yunzhi Ling, Lim Wei Yap, Yiyi Liu, Joseph Wang, George P. Simon, and Wenlong Cheng*. Vertical Gold Nanowires Stretchable Electrochemical Electrodes. Analytical Chemistry, 2018, 90, 13498-13505.
3.    Yan Wang, Shu Gong, Stephen J. Wang, Xinyi Yang, Yunzhi Ling, Lim Wei Yap, Dashen Dong, George P. Simon, Wenlong Cheng*. Standing Enokitake-like Nanowire Films for Highly Stretchable Elastronics. ACS Nano, 2018, 12, 9742-9749.
4.    Shu Gong, Willem Schwalb, Yongwei Wang, Yi Chen, Yue Tang, Jye Si, Bijan Shirinzadeh and Wenlong Cheng*, A wearable and highly sensitive pressure sensor with ultrathin gold nanowires. Nature Communications, 2014, 5, 3132.
5.    Mingyuan Gao, Ping Wang, Lili Jiang, Bowen Wang, Ye Yao, Sheng Liu, Dewei Chu, Wenlong Cheng, Yuerui Lu. Power generation for wearable systems. Energy & Environmental Science 2021, 14, 2114-2157.
6.    Qingfeng Zhai, Yiyi Liu, Ren Wang, Yan Wang, Quanxia Lyu, Shu Gong, Joseph Wang, George P Simon, Wenlong Cheng*. Intrinsically Stretchable Fuel Cell Based on Enokitake‐Like Standing Gold Nanowires. Advanced Energy Materials, 2020, 10, 1903512.
7.    Tiance An, David Vera Anaya, Shu Gong, Lim Wei Yap, Fenge Lin, Ren Wang, Mehmet R Yuce, Wenlong Cheng*. Self-powered gold nanowire tattoo triboelectric sensors for soft wearable human-machine interface. Nano Energy, 2020, 77, 105295