Metallic Material Folds and Flexes

Metallic Material Folds and Flexes
An innovative foldable metallic material could open the door to a new generation of conductive soft robotics.

The metallic material is made via a process developed by the team at the National University of Singapore called ‘graphene oxide-enabled templating synthesis.’ During this process, paper is soaked in a graphene oxide solution, dipped in a solution of metallic ions and then burned twice—once in an inert gas at 1,472°F and again in the air at 932°F. The result is a thin metal layer that can bend, fold and stretch while remaining conductive, withstanding high temperatures, and functioning as an antenna for wireless communications.

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