May 31, 2013

NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN PAPER ELECTRONICS

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Scientists have developed a new process of transforming paper into conductive graphite, opening up a multitude of doors for paper and technology.  Researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids, located in Germany, have created targeted conductive structures on paper with a standard inkjet printer.  Using the printer and a replaced cartridge of an iron nitrate catalyst, they printed a catalyst on a sheet of paper and then heated it to 800˚ in an oxygen free environment.  The printed areas were thereby converted into conductive graphite while the unprinted areas remained unchanged.  The scientists proved that the resulting “carbon electronics” were selectively conductive by electroplating the paper with copper, only the printed design became copper-coated.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

With Further research Scientists can fully understand this new process and potentially use paper based structures to replace silicon in electronics, transport, communications and sensors.  Paper is lighter, cheaper and a more flexible substance which would be ideal for many everyday objects we use.

Read more about the research here

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