Thursday, 24 May 2012

The Smallest And Thinnest Microconductor (so far!)

A team of researchers from the University of Exeter’s Center for Graphene Science in the UK have invented a new material to conduct electricity. The new material called GraphExeter, is transparent, lightweight and highly flexible and could revolutionize the electronics industry and usher in those much awaited, low cost wearable electronics we all dream about. - ok , you dont dream about them, but they could be well fiunky, just think of the possabilities of wearing you phone, not carrying it... likewise a watch, a radio, MP3 player

This invention is very big news... and is expected to generate around $200 (wild guess) by 2012 in the US alone.

Right now indium tin oxide (ITO) is the key conductive material in the production of touch and LED screens/displays because of its excellent optical transparency and electrical conductivity. Any replacement technology would have to match ITO’s transparency, conductivity and flexibility. Think of what that covers: flat panel displays, organic LEDs, solar cells, liquid crystal displays and electronic inks, cash machine screens.

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