New malleable plastic maintains conductivity

04/7/2010 | United Press International

A Princeton University research team has created a energy-conducting plastic that can be molded without losing its conductivity, opening the way for cheaper electronic devices and solar panels. "Conductive polymers [plastics] have been around for a long time, but processing them to make something useful degraded their ability to conduct electricity," said lead researcher Yueh-Lin Loo. "We have figured out how to avoid this trade-off."

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