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February 3, 2014 AT 7:00 am

Gold nanomesh conductor could pave the way for truly flexible electronics

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gizmag has information on the latest development in flexible electronics.

We’re coming just that much closer to electronic devices such as TV screens that can be rolled up in a tube, or phones that can be folded up and stuffed in a pocket. Scientists at the University of Houston have created a gold nanomesh material that is conductive, transparent and flexible – a combination that they claim has never before been achieved.

The material, a mesh of interconnected gold nanowires, is embedded on a transparent elastomer and could act as a conductor. Nanomeshes of silver and copper wires have been made previously, although they oxidized much more easily than the gold, causing a significant drop in their conductivity.

In stretch tests of the new material, even when subjected to a strain of 160 percent, its electrical resistance rose only slightly. After the strain was removed, the resistance returned to normal.

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