The University of Massachusetts Amherst

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Trisha L. Andrew

Assistant Professor

Trisha is the Director of the Wearable Electronics Lab at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The WELab produces textile electronics that maintain the feel, stretchability, breathability and light weight of common fabrics. We use vapor phase coating chemistry to imperceptibly transform mass-produced threads and textiles, such as cotton, silk, nylon and wool, into electronic components suitable for portable energy harvesting and storage, temperature regulation and health monitoring.

Trisha is a David and Lucille Packard Foundation Fellow, and an Air Force Young Investigator, a 3M Nontenured Faculty Award winner, and was named as one Forbes’ magazine “30 Under 30” Innovators in Energy.

Current Research

At present, we are actively developing and optimizing designer vapor phase coating chemistries to enable four types of technologies:

  1. Textile triboelectric generators that convert small body motions into stored energy and power body-mounted motion sensors
  2. Wear-, wash- and ironing-resistant conductive cloths that generate heat with a small applied voltage, suitable for pain reduction, temperature regulation and muscle relaxation
  3. Garment-integrated thermoelectric fabrics capable of generating energy from small heat differentials between body surfaces and the ambient environment
  4. Medical gauze-based electrochemical transistors that transduce ion currents and/or biomarker binding events into monitorable electronic signals

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Academic Background

  • PhD Organic Electronics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2011
  • BS Chemistry, University of Washington, 2005
  • BS Electrical Engineering, University of Washington, 2005


Zhang, L.; Yu, Y.; Eyer, G. P.; Suo, G.; Kozik, L. A.; Fairbanks, M.; Wang, X.; Andrew, T. L. “All-Textile Triboelectric Generator Compatible with Traditional Textile Process” Adv. Mater. Technol. 2016, 1600147.
Peng, Y.; Zhang, L.; Andrew, T. L.; “High open-circuit voltage, high fill factor single-junction organic solar cells” Appl. Phys. Lett. 2014, 105, 083304.
Cantu, P.; Andrew, T. L; Menon, R.; “Patterning via optical-saturable transformations: A review and simple simulation model” Appl. Phys. Lett. 2014, 105, 193105.
Paydavosi, S.; Yaul, F.; Wang, A. I.; Andrew, T. L.; Bulovic, V.; Lang, J. H. “MEMS Switches Employing Active Metal-Polymer Nanocomposites” IEEE 25th International Conference on MEMS 2012, 180-183.
Andrew, T. L.; Tsai, H.-Y.; Menon, R. Confining Light to Deep Subwavelength Dimensions to Enable Optical Nanopatterning. Science, 2009, 324, 917-921.
Andrew, T. L. and Swager, T. M. A Fluorescence Turn-On Mechanism to Detect the High Explosives RDX and PETN. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2007, 129, 7254-7255.
Contact Info

Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
602 LGRT
710 North Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01003-9292

(413) 545-1651