02 Dec '11, 4pm

Transparent Crab Shells Hold Key to Better Solar Cells, Bendable Displays

Transparent Crab Shells Hold Key to Better Solar Cells, Bendable Displays

The many gadget manufacturers working on concepts for bendable cell phones, as well as solar technology companies will be excited to hear about this breakthrough. Muhammad Iftekhar Shams and colleagues at Kyoto University in Japan have figured out how to make a crab shell turn transparent, which actually holds the key to improving the technology behind displays, solar cells and yep, bendable screens for devices like cell phones and tablets. Arstechnica writes that the team used a dead crab and "treated its body to a brew of acids and chemicals. Hydrochloric acid, sodium hydroxide and ethanol stripped the body of minerals, proteins, lipids, fats and pigments. This left a crab shell made entirely of translucent chitin. Chitin is a long-chain polymer that is the main component of crustacean exoskeletons. Finally, the shell was immersed in an acrylic resin monomer. Polymerisat...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/clean-technology/transparent-cr...

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