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July 7th, 2010

Record Performance for Printed Electronics

Abstract:
Using carbon nanotubes and a new insulating material, researchers have made flexible electronics with the best performance yet for printed devices. Integrated circuits printed from these materials could be used to drive simple displays and drug-delivery patches, and the flexible nanotube arrays might also be used as light emitters in telecommunications.

Printed electronics promise scalability, low cost, and flexibility. "Printing allows you to achieve scalability and low cost, but the field has been dominated by organic semiconductors whose performance is low," says Mark Hersam, professor of materials science and engineering at Northwestern University. Carbon nanotubes, on the other hand, offer a high-performance alternative in flexible electronics. But the printed nanotube circuits made so far require a lot of power to switch at high speeds--in a display driver, for example, this would mean a trade-off between the refresh rate of the picture and device battery life.

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