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Flexible Nanoelectronics

Highfield Campus

Building: B85

Room: Foyer

Age suitable for: All ages


Future electronics will be smart, flexible, bendable, made from sustainable, not-toxic materials and will be easy to recycle. We use nanotechnology and draw inspiration from nature to make, for example, electronic memories that mimic the efficiency of the human brain and batteries that are made from cellulose, the main component of plant cells.

We will explain how molecules are used to enable flexible electronics and invite you to design your own molecule. Then we will see how these molecules can fit in tiny nanogaps. You will use a model of these (magnified) nanogaps and molecules to form a memory device that can store information. You will write and erase the information in this memory device yourself!

Finally, we will showcase how a common Lithium-ion battery charges and discharges and will explain all about the new generation of nature-inspired batteries that we fabricate. These batteries are made from non-toxic materials, are recyclable and safe to use, while they can also be bent and work under flex conditions.