All of us have potentially had to shell out a good amount of money to remedy a shattered screen on our devices at one time or another. That may just be a thing of the past if this new technology is any indication.
The Polymer Scientists over at the University of Akron in Ohio in the U.S. have just invented the answer to that headache. Assistant Professor Yu Zhu and his team of researchers have invented a transparent electrode which could just make our devices shatter proof. The researchers observed that the transparent layer of electrodes on the polymer surface helped boost surface toughness and flexibility which was proven by extensive scotch tape peeling and bending tests.
This discovery has the potential to revolutionise the smartphone and gadget industry the newly invented polymer not only provides a more toughness and flexibility, but costs a fraction of the current technology. Touch Screens are most commonly made with Indium tin oxide (ITO), which is a fairly brittle compound.
“These two pronounced factors drive the need to substitute ITO with a cost-effective and flexible conductive transparent film”
Assistant Professor Zhu noted that the polymer discovered by his team is just as transparent as traditional ITO and may even offer improved conductivity. The Study noted that the flexible film retained its shape and functionality even after being bent over 1,000 times which has lead the researchers to conclude that the invention can be mass produced cheaply. They expect that the technology can emerge as a competitor for conventional polymers and methods currently in use by manufacturers to make touch screens.
“The annoying problem of cracked smart phone screens may be solved once and for all with this flexible touch screen.”