Researchers from the University of Akron in the U.S. have establish that placing a clear layer of electrodes on a polymer surface enhances the surface more elastic and resistant to shattering. This new technology might develop and replace old touch screens, which are presently covered with brittle indium tin oxide. And the transparent electrode layer isn't just durable and extra flexible than indium tin oxide, it could also offer greater conductivity and has the potential to be manufactured in cheap, mass-quantity rolls.
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The researchers verified the film by twisting it more than 1,000 times and performing repetitive scotch tape peelings, none of which changed the form or functionality of the covering. Their outcomes are issued in the journal ACSNano. Scotch tape peeling experiments may sound a little senseless, but it turns out they help to show whether a covering will separate easily from the polymer screen. Chief research Yu Zhu from the University of Akron spoke to MD Connects: "We expect this film to emerge on the market as a true ITO competitor … The annoying problem of cracked smart phone screens may be solved once and for all with this flexible touch screen."
Source: MD Connects
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