• Saurabh Saxena

Water-resistant, transparent, self healing electronic skin

Updated: Apr 28, 2019




Now, when you have read the title of the blog you may not feel it very interesting, but you may be blown away by the possible applications of such skin and areas where this skin can be used. It can bring down the electronic waste drastically. Read further to know how.


"Transparent electronic skin" means we can make transparent resistors, conductors, wires, and complete transparent electronics device.


Taking inspiration from a jellyfish, Assistant Professor Benjamin Tee and his team from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the NUS Faculty of Engineering have created an electronic skin. The electronic skin is transparent, stretchable, touch-sensitive, and self-healing in water. It can be used in making water-resistant touchscreens or water sustainable robots.


What is that material?

They created a gel consisting of a fluorocarbon-based polymer with a fluorine-rich ionic liquid. When combined, the polymer network interacts with the ionic liquid via highly reversible ion-dipole interactions, which allows it to self-heal.


Applications

Soft robots :

The electronic skin is created by printing the novel material into electronic circuits. Because it is soft and stretchable, and its electrical properties change when being touched, pressed or strained, it can be used as various types of sensors.


3D Printable Electronic Products:

Since the material is 3D printable, it can be used to make various electronic products quickly and easily.


Reduction of Electronic Waste: Imagine if we get a electronic material that can repair itself, it can amazingly reduce millions of tonnes of electronic waste that are generated from broken mobile phones, tablets, etc.


Optoelectronic Devices : Future is Mixed Reality. Currently, this material is being planned to use in making novel optoelectronic devices, which can be utilized in many new human-machine communication interfaces.


Reference: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/03/190318102400.htm

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