Story excerpt provided by Fox8 Cleveland.
Written by Dave Nethers.
Smartphones have become a huge part of our daily lives but they have one big weakness.
The glass touch screens easily shatter and replacing them is costly.
To make the glass screens conductive they are coated at a high temperature with a material called indium tin oxide (ITO).
Polymer screens that are more flexible will not shatter and cannot withstand the high heat required to make them touch sensitive using the same process.
But researchers at the University of Akron’s Department of Polymer Science said they have developed a process that bonds microscopic copper nano wires to a thin sheet of polymer that not only creates a new touch screen that is flexible and conductive, it is also tough.
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Originally posted June 10, 2014.