India Transforms Silks Into Smart Textiles!
June 16, 2017
The Researchers at IIT Kharagpur have used silk to develop an electronic fabric.
A team of experts at the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur has fashioned a hybrid material based on silk protein called silk fibroin. They have designed a hybrid photodetector using zinc oxide nanostructures on gold-nanoparticle-embedded silk protein for applications that combine electronics and light.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
There is a photodetector in the fabric which works by converting the light signals into electrical energy, like voltage or current. When the light falls on the fabric, the photodetectors in it are activated to generate electrical signals. The fabric, despite being so functional, is light in weight, flexible, stretchable, biocompatible and biodegradable, just as you want it to be.
WHAT ARE ITS USES?
This newly developed technology has the ability to generate prototype textile-based smart electronic devices for soldiers and combat personnel and also for biomedical purposes. If the fabric is made readily available, it can be used to enhance security for women as well. Moreover, in remote locations where power sources are scarce, the wearable technology can power up by mere movement of the user.