Engineering Minute

Engineering Minute – Electronic Skin

Electronic skin is self-healing and recyclable

Electronic skin, or e-skin, is a thin, translucent material that mimics the function and mechanical properties of human skin. Recognized for their adaptability and usefulness, e-skins are being developed in labs across the world for a wide range of applications. Researchers at University of Colorado Boulder have developed a new type of e-skin that can self-heal when specific compounds are applied. Additionally, the e-skin can be broken down using a special recycling solution and then reused to make new electronic skin, cutting down on the amount of electronic waste produced. The new skin is malleable and can conform to curved surfaces such as arms and hands. The team hopes to use the skin for applications in robotics and prosthetic development. For more information on e-skin, read the full article at University of Colorado Boulder.  

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