Thin Materials Seen As Lead For Expanding Technological Capabilities

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Thin materials are providing the technological progress needed integrate the internet further into our lives.

Certain scientists have a particular vision of the future. This vision puts the internet front and center on nearly every applicable surface that we interact with. For example. Windows would become sensitive to temperature and display a weather forecast on the windowpane. The internet would power technology in clothing that could help monitor health.

However, this vision of the future is heavily reliant on the development of thin materials that power flat surfaces with these futuristic capabilities.

One thin material has been identified as a promising lead towards making that reality happen. Dr. Palacios and his fellow scientists have recently figured out how to use molybdenum disulfide to absorb ambient signals from wi-fi connections, Bluetooth connections and cellphones to then convert into electrical energy.

The material was made into a layer that is three atoms thick and place on an antenna. The potential for this technology is huge. For example, a layer can be developed to cover a desk which would then become a wireless charger for laptops and phones.

This has further strengthened opinions that further research must go into 2-D materials.

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