Takao Someya

Hans Fischer Senior Fellow

University of Tokio

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Prof. Gordon Cheng

Focus Group
Artificial Electronic Skin

Short CV

Takao Someya received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tokyo in 1997. From 2001 to 2003, he worked at the Nanocenter (NSEC) of Columbia University and at Bell Labs and Lucent Technologies as a Visiting Scholar. Since 2009, he has been a professor of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Tokyo as well as a Global Scholar at Princeton University. Furthermore, he currently serves as the Project Leader of the NEDO/JAPERA Project and as a Research Director of a JST/ERATO Project since 2011. At TUM, Takao Someya is hosted by Gordon Cheng from the Department of Cognitive Systems.

Selected Awards

2016 The 4th Tateisi Science and Technology Foundation Award

2014 The 46th Ichimura Prize in Technology, Ichimura Foundation

2012 The 34th (FY2012) Japan Society of Applied Physics Best Review Paper Award, “Ambient Electronics”, JJAP

2010 IEEE/EDS Paul Rappaport Award

2010 The 13th IEICI Electronics Society Award

2009 IEEE/EDS Paul Rappaport Award

2009 The 5th JSPS Prize

2008 Gottfried Wagener Prize

2005 IEEE/ISSCC Takuo Sugano Award

Research Area

  • Organic transistors
  • Flexible electronics
  • Plastic integrated circuits
  • Large-area sensors
  • Plastic actuators

Selected Publications

  • Yokota, T.; Zalar, P.; Kaltenbrunner, M.; Jinno, H.; Matsuhisa, N.; Kitanosako, H.; Tachibana, Y.; Yukita, W.; Koizumi, M.; Someya, T.: Ultraflexible organic photonic skin. Science Advances 2 (4), 2016, e1501856-e1501856.
  • Kaltenbrunner, Martin; Sekitani, Tsuyoshi; Reeder, Jonathan; Yokota, Tomoyuki; Kuribara, Kazunori; Tokuhara, Takeyoshi; Drack, Michael; Schwödiauer, Reinhard; Graz, Ingrid; Bauer-Gogonea, Simona; Bauer, Siegfried; Someya, Takao: An ultra-lightweight design for imperceptible plastic electronics. Nature 499 (7459), 2013, 458-463.
  • Rogers, J. A.; Someya, T.; Huang, Y.: Materials and Mechanics for Stretchable Electronics. Science 327 (5973), 2010, 1603-1607.
  • Sekitani, Tsuyoshi; Nakajima, Hiroyoshi; Maeda, Hiroki; Fukushima, Takanori; Aida, Takuzo; Hata, Kenji; Someya, Takao: Stretchable active-matrix organic light-emitting diode display using printable elastic conductors. Nature Materials 8 (6), 2009, 494-499.
  • Someya, T.; Kato, Y.; Sekitani, T.; Iba, S.; Noguchi, Y.; Murase, Y.; Kawaguchi, H.; Sakurai, T.: Conformable, flexible, large-area networks of pressure and thermal sensors with organic transistor active matrixes. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 102 (35), 2005, 12321-12325.
  • Someya, T.; Sekitani, T.; Iba, S.; Kato, Y.; Kawaguchi, H.; Sakurai, T.: A large-area, flexible pressure sensor matrix with organic field-effect transistors for artificial skin applications. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 101 (27), 2004, 9966-9970.

Publications as TUM-IAS Fellow


  • Jiang, Zhi; Nayeem, Md Osman Goni; Fukuda, Kenjiro; Ding, Su; Jin, Hanbit; Yokota, Tomoyuki; Inoue, Daishi; Hashizume, Daisuke; Someya, Takao: Flexible Electronics: Highly Stretchable Metallic Nanowire Networks Reinforced by the Underlying Randomly Distributed Elastic Polymer Nanofibers via Interfacial Adhesion Improvement (Adv. Mater. 37/2019). Advanced Materials 31 (37), 2019, 1970265 mehr… BibTeX Volltext ( DOI )
  • Jin, Hanbit; Nayeem, Md Osman Goni; Lee, Sunghoon; Matsuhisa, Naoji; Inoue, Daishi; Yokota, Tomoyuki; Hashizume, Daisuke; Someya, Takao: Highly Durable Nanofiber-Reinforced Elastic Conductors for Skin-Tight Electronic Textiles. ACS Nano 13 (7), 2019, 7905-7912 mehr… BibTeX Volltext ( DOI )
  • Someya, Takao; Amagai, Masayuki: Toward a new generation of smart skins. Nature Biotechnology 37 (4), 2019, 382-388 mehr… BibTeX Volltext ( DOI )
  • T. Someya: Skin Electronics Connecting Cyberspace to Human Body. International Meeting on Information Display (IMID) 2019, 2019 mehr… BibTeX
  • T. Someya: Stretchable Nanomesh Electronics for Wearables and in vitro Characterizations. EM-NANO 2019, 2019 mehr… BibTeX
  • T. Someya: “Biocompatible Nanomesh Electronics for Wearables and In Vitro Characterizations. 2019 MRS Fall Meeting & Exhibit, 2019 mehr… BibTeX
  • T. Yokota, H. Jin and T. Someya: Highly Durable Elastic Conductors for Electronic Textiles. 2019 MRS Fall Meeting & Exhibit, 2019 mehr… BibTeX