17 Apr '11, 12am

Artificial Electronic Super Skin – Powered By Stretchable Solar Cells

April 16th, 2011 - What do you think? Zhenan Bao, Stanford researcher, is keen to create “Super skin.” Taking her previously created super-sensitive sensor a step ahead, she is now creating a super skin that will be self-powered with renewable clean solar energy . Bao and her team have designed polymer solar cells that are flexible and can be stretched to power the ’super skin’. Previous sensor Ms Bao had successfully built a sensor flexible and very sensitive to any pressure. It was able to detect even touch-down pressure of a fly. She had made this over a foundation of a flexible organic transistor made of supple polymers and materials which are carbon based. Touch-sensing is achieved by the fluctuations in the current flow which is caused by an elastic rubber layer shaped like myriad inverted pyramids. Rationale for sensing Changing the transistor’s semiconducting mater...

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