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Taiwan Researchers Turn to Silk for Flexible E-Devices

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Silk membranes can be used for flexible e-book readers, light-emitting diode displays, and radio-frequency identification tools, according to researchers at the National Tsing Hua University. A team has developed technology that turns liquid silk into membranes that work as insulators for flexible thin-film transistors, which is a component of bendable electronics.

The membranes also have the potential to improve the speed and performance of the transistors in a device.

"We didn't know at first that it would be the best material, but after a few months of tests we realized it was quite viable," says National Tsing Hua University professor Hwang Jenn-Chang.

The soft material would cost about three cents per device.

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