The most transparent, lightweight, flexible conductor could revolutionize the creation of wearable electronic devices
The most transparent, lightweight and flexible material ever for conducting electricity just had been invented by a researchers team from the University of Exeter. The material, a layer of ferric chloride molecules between two sheets of graphene is called GraphExeter and could revolutionize the creation of wearable electronic devices, such as clothing containing computers, phones and MP3 players.
GraphExter is a material with an incredible potential
Adapted from graphene, the thinnest material able to conduct electricity, GraphExeter is even more flexible than indium tin oxide (ITO), the main conductive material that is currently used in the electronic industry. And the timing couldn’t be better: ITO is a finite and increasingly expensive resource expected to run out in less than five years.
“GraphExeter could revolutionise the electronics industry. It outperforms any other carbon-based transparent conductor used in electronics and could be used for a range of applications, from solar panels to ‘smart’ teeshirts. We are very excited about the potential of this material and look forward to seeing where it can take the electronics industry in the future.” Dr Monica Craciun, Lead researcher, University of Exeter engineer says.
Soon a sparayable version which could be applied straight onto any support
The team from the University of Exeter’s Centre for Graphene Science which invented and produced the material is now developing a spray-on version of GraphExeter. The sparayable version then could be directly applied onto fabrics, mirrors and windows.
Article Source: University of Exeter.
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