A recent Phys.org feature article highlighted research at the University of Delaware to develop a way to fabricate high-performance flexible optical devices by combining chalcogenide glass and polymers. From Phys.org:
A team of researchers at the University of Delaware has developed a way to fabricate high-performance flexible optical devices by combining chalcogenide glass and polymers.
Chalcogenide glass is a material commonly used in infrared optics, optical fibers, camera lenses and prisms. While the material is not flexible, it is fully compatible with polymers, which are flexible, allowing it to be processed and made into devices.
Applications for the work include wearable devices, flexible consumer electronics and foldable portable power generation systems, even sensors that can be integrated on human skin.