By K. Warner
For Metal Tech News 

Liquid metal for flexible smart materials

Technique sticks to multiple surfaces without binding agent Metal Tech News - July 19, 2023


Last updated 7/26/2023 at 9:47am

Photos of folded liquid metal-coated paper in various states of expansion.

Cell Reports Physical Science/Yuan et al.

An origami accordion structure built from liquid metal-treated paper. Using temperature changes, the structure can be extended and returned to its original compressed state.

Flexible technologies are emerging, from foldable smartphones to freeform public information displays, and Chinese researchers have made a discovery that could elevate this technology to the next level.

The high electrical conductivity and flexibility of liquid metals are the keys to this technology, with potential applications in wearable sensors, actuators, smart switches, printable circuitr...

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