Drexel’s Spray-On Antennas Could Be the Tech Connector of the Future

The promise of wearables, functional fabrics, the Internet of Things, and their “next-generation” technological cohort seems tantalizingly within reach. But researchers in the field will tell you a prime reason for their delayed “arrival” is the problem of seamlessly integrating connection technology — namely, antennas — with shape-shifting and flexible “things.”

But a breakthrough by researchers in Drexel’s College of Engineering, could now make installing an antenna as easy as applying some bug spray.

In research recently published in Science Advances, the A.J. Drexel Nanomaterials Institute reports on a method for spraying invisibly thin antennas, made from a type of two-dimensional, metallic material called MXene, that perform as well as those being used in mobile devices, wireless routers and portable transducers.  Read the full story here: https://drexel.edu/now/archive/2018/September/MXene-spray-antennas/

Here is the link to the YouTube video that’s embedded in it as well:
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A. Sarycheva, A. Polemi, Y. Liu, K. Dandekar, B. Anasori, Y. Gogotsi, 2D Titanium Carbide (MXene) for Wireless Communication, Science Advances, 4, eaau0920 (2018)