A big win for unbreakable devices and 'electronic' skin—4 July 2017

Associate Professor Madhu Bhaskaran, an ARC Discovery Early Career Award (DECRA) recipient from the RMIT School of Engineering, has found a way to combine oxide materials (used in the transparent layer on mobile phone touchscreens) with stretchable, rubber-like membranes.

The new material has the potential to help revolutionise the field of wearable, transparent electronics, and could also lead to sensors to detect dangerous gases in mines, flat optical devices and even smart contact lenses.

One of the possible uses of the transparent, unbreakable and wearable electronics is by incorporating UV sensors that could help stop the spread of skin cancer.

The development of stretchable oxide electronics has seen Associate Professor Bhaskaran, named as one of Australia’s most innovative engineers for 2017—a prestigious honour given to only 30 people by Engineers Australia annually.  

Media issued by RMIT University.

 

Image: Smart contact lenses could be one of the outcomes of Associate Professor Madhu Bhaskaran’s DECRA funded research.
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Original Published Date: 
Tuesday, July 4, 2017