New research has proved that a mixture of Silly Putty and Graphene managed to develop a very sensitive sensor bound to detect movement. Even the slightest movement, like spider’s steps, can be traced. Graphene, which is a material which consists of layers of carbon made out of a single atom, mixed with putty may turn into surprising outcomes which could revolutionize science.
The new and extremely sensitive material can detect even vital signs of human beings, such as breathing and pulse. This suggests that this could help in the manufacturing of health trackers in the future. Jonathan Coleman, who is a chemical physicist at the Advanced Materials and Bioengineering Research Center in Ireland, has argued that the purpose of the newly designed material is to track human vital signs.
He also asserted that his plan already looks promising, after testing the material and obtaining positive outcomes. Graphene is the most suitable material when it comes to the developing of electronics, being flexible and lightweight. This particular substance was categorized to be as strong as steel. It was also proved that graphene is extremely useful in conducting electricity.
In recent years, this material was frequently used by researchers for commercial purposes, like microprocessors, tennis rackets or even gas sensors. In the past, Lockheed Martin Corp., Saab AB, Apple Inc. , and International Business Machine Inc. have received licenses related to the use of graphene.
This new research was used to obtain a permit for the Silly Putty technology known as G-putty. Based on information provided by Dr. Coleman, researchers who part of the study were still debating the use of G-putty with several large enterprises which showed interest in commercializing the material. Unfortunately, there was not provided a list of the potential partners.
The study analyzing graphene was published on December 8th in Science magazine. The paper presents a network of silly putty containing graphene flakes. The graphene flakes which are added to silly putty transform it into an accurate electrical conductor.
Dr. Coleman has previously tried this type of experiments where he used household appliances to develop a nanotechnology study. He together with his colleagues used a kitchen blender to make graphene. The new material appeared to have new and useful properties.
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