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Posted on August 17, 2012 by  & 

Ultra elastic electrode material developed

KAIST research team succeeded in developing the next generation flexible and elastic electrode material crucial in the development of flexible displays, wearable computers etc.
Professor Jeon Seok Woo's team of the department of Materials Science and Engineering succeeded in the development of a super elastic material.
The result of the experiment was introduced as the research highlight in Nature Communications and is especially significant as the main driving force behind the achievement were domestic researchers.
Professor Jeons team developed a structured three dimensional nano-porous structure over a 1inch by 1inch area that is 10micrometers in thickness. The structure is fabricated using world's largest area three dimensional nano patterning technique.
The nano-porous structure was injected with elastomeric material and was subsequently removed to yield an inverse three dimensional elastic nano material. The pores were infiltrated with liquid conductive material which yielded a super elastic flexible electrode.
The fabricated electrode showed amazing elasticity levels and was able to light LED lamps in a 200% stretched state without decrease in electrical conductivity.
Conventional methods included folding and expanding a material like an accordion or creating a mesh-like structure by making holes in the material. However these methods yielded materials with limited elasticity and even 100% stretching resulted in the drastic decrease in electrical conductivity.
Professor Jeon expects the domestically developed technology to obtain the upper hand in the market and make great contributions in both science and society.
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Source: KAIST
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