Graphene Ink Could Lead To Washable Electronics
Mike Krapfl, 27 Jan 18
       

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New graphene printing technology can produce electronic circuits that are low-cost, flexible, highly conductive and water repellent, researchers report.

The nanotechnology “would lend enormous value to self-cleaning wearable/washable electronics that are resistant to stains, or ice and biofilm formation,” according to the new paper.


Jonathan Claussen and his research group are printing and processing graphene ink to make functional materials. (Credit: Christopher Gannon.)

“We’re taking low-cost, inkjet-printed graphene and tuning it with a laser to make functional materials,” says Jonathan Claussen, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Iowa State University, an associate of the US Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, and the corresponding author of the paper in the journal Nanoscale.

The wonder material

The paper describes how Claussen and the nanoengineers in his research group use inkjet printing technology to create electric circuits on flexible materials. In this case, the ink is flakes of graphene—the wonder material can be a great conductor of electricity and heat, plus it’s strong, stable, and biocompatible.

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