New printable Graphene inks for flexible biomedical devices

Printable electronics can cause to both flexible and low-cost gadgets. Supple electronics is of specific use for wearable systems, such as fitness and health trackers, while the comparative low-costs of printing are magnetizing for serviceable wrapping for consumer yield. Graphene and associated materials that are layered (GRMs) are perfect for printable electronics since they can be easily solution-routed that inks which have outstanding properties of electronic.

Nowadays, biocompatible, water-based inks enclosing GRMs have been urbanized as the main factor for ink-jet printable electronic gadgets. Prominently, the inks can be utilized to productively ink-jet print electronic gadget on the basis of a mixture of various encrusted resources. The analysis, available in Nature Nanotechnology, was conducted in cooperation among researchers at the University of Pisa, Italy and the University of Manchester, UK.

Ink-jet printing

The GRM inks consisting conductive Graphene, semiconductor transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) MoS2 and WS2, and the insulator hexagonal boron nitride (hBN) offer the complete range of electronic properties required to print composite electronics which involves photodetectors. The inks can be printed onto stiff and flexible substrates, such as glass, paper, as well as plastic, and the biocompatibility of inks also proposes potential for printing biomedical gadgets. This may include sensor implants.

Ink-jet printing is good-looking as an accessible and fast itinerary to printed electronics, due to uncomplicated switching of materials and design. The gadgets were shaped utilizing a substance that is compatible with the ink-jet printer as well as accessible in the market, signifying the appropriateness of this technology as a way for quick prototyping while making the way for the 24 x 7 electronics.

A scientist at the department of Information Engineering at the University of Pisa, Italy, Gianluca Fiori said “We are now moving into a novel situation in the section of electronics, where electronic structures can be printed on supple material such as paper and on demand. GRMs supported inks can certainly stand for a facilitating technique for the rapid-budding market of portable and flexible electronics.”

Well, for now the technology is yet to go commercial. Hence, it will take few years for it to go completely commercial.

Vaibhav Bhosale undertook the post of Content Writer at Medical Device News in November 2016, following a 1.2-year of experience as an Project Lead; Instructional Writer at eNyota Learning Pvt. Ltd. His immense interest in reading brought him in this field. He can be reached at vaibhav@medicaldevicenews.net