Organic Memristor-Based Flexible Neural Networks with Bio-Realistic Synaptic Plasticity for Complex Combinatorial Optimization

Hyeongwook Kim, Miseong Kim, Aejin Lee, Hea Lim Park, Jaewon Jang, Jin Hyuk Bae, In Man Kang, Eun Sol Kim, Sin Hyung Lee

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Hardware neural networks with mechanical flexibility are promising next-generation computing systems for smart wearable electronics. Several studies have been conducted on flexible neural networks for practical applications; however, developing systems with complete synaptic plasticity for combinatorial optimization remains challenging. In this study, the metal-ion injection density is explored as a diffusive parameter of the conductive filament in organic memristors. Additionally, a flexible artificial synapse with bio-realistic synaptic plasticity is developed using organic memristors that have systematically engineered metal-ion injections, for the first time. In the proposed artificial synapse, short-term plasticity (STP), long-term plasticity, and homeostatic plasticity are independently achieved and are analogous to their biological counterparts. The time windows of the STP and homeostatic plasticity are controlled by the ion-injection density and electric-signal conditions, respectively. Moreover, stable capabilities for complex combinatorial optimization in the developed synapse arrays are demonstrated under spike-dependent operations. This effective concept for realizing flexible neuromorphic systems for complex combinatorial optimization is an essential building block for achieving a new paradigm of wearable smart electronics associated with artificial intelligent systems.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2300659
JournalAdvanced Science
Issue number19
StatePublished - 6 Jul 2023


  • artificial synapse
  • combinatorial optimization
  • flexible neural network
  • organic memristor
  • synaptic plasticity


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