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Researchers Develop Stretchy Electronic Material


An international research team has developed a material that can be used to create electronics capable of stretching to more than double their original size. Scientists from Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering, the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Dalian University of Technology in China, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign created the new material by combining a porous polymer (porous polydimethylsiloxane) and a liquid metal (eutectic gallium-indium). This combination lets electricity flow consistently through the device, even when it is being stretched. Loss of conductivity is a common problem with existing stretchable electronics. The researchers said the new material is four times stretchier than conventional elastic electronics materials. They noted that healthcare and other applications could use stretchy devices. They published their research in Nature Communications. (EurekAlert)(Northwestern University)(Nature Communications)

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