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Monday, October 27, 2008

Plastic electronics promise a cheap and versatile future

The revolution of the 20th century can be seen as the producing low cost manufacturing.
And one of the way to achieve it was using plastics, a cheap easily moulded material.
However one of their problems was being electrical insulators, so they couldn't replace metals where electrical conduction was required.
But today scientists are able to synthesise plastics that conduct electricity and others that behave as semiconductors like silicon.
The advantage of using plastics in electronic is the same as for all other commodities, THEY are CHEAP.
But that is not all.
Plastic electronics could create new markets, since they can be transparent and flexible.
For example it would allow full flexible screens.
Another quality could be robustness.
The limit of its use is just the limit of imagination.
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