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Washable, Wearable, Everywhere Electronics

Top of Mind with Julie Rose
  • Mar 14, 2018 11:00 pm
  • 15:26

Guest: Jonathan Claussen, PhD, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Iowa State University, Associate, US Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory Fitbits are just the beginning. Biosensors someday may be embedded in your workout clothes to alert you if you’re getting dehydrated – and by the way, you could send that sweaty shirt through the washing machine without damaging the sensor. Sensors embedded in food packaging could tell you if the egg-salad sandwich you’re about to eat for lunch has been contaminated.  Biosensors implanted in your body could regulate your heart beat or tell a damaged organ to regenerate. What could make this incredible future possible? Graphite. Yep, that stuff in pencils. Iowa State University nanoengineer Jonathan Claussen has figured out how to print microscopic flecks of it onto just about anything to make flexible, waterproof circuits.