Friday, 22 Jan, 2010 Technology

Researchers Turn Textiles Into Flexible Electronics


Scientists from Stanford University decided to mix carbon nanotubes with fabrics and come up with wearable electronics. In their study, which was recently published in Nano Letters, researchers focused on creating lightweight, flexible and wearable electronics.

According to the team, the practices of "dipping and drying" a cloth in carbon nanotube ink can easily help create highly conductive fabric, which can be used, for example, to power portable devices.

The cloth is dipped into nanotube ink and then it's pressed in order to level out the coating. After absorbing the nanotube ink, the textiles are able to preserve electrical connection across the entire garment. The material keeps its properties even when it stretches, folds or is dipped into water.

Researchers are looking forward to carry out more studies in the field to figure out, for instance, how textiles can be applied to more useful batteries. They will also study how safe is having carbon nanotubes in clothes that a person could wear against his or her skin.

Posted by Stew

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