2020 has finally arrived and with it, many good news in printed and flexible electronics. As always, we hand-pick them for you, so keep reading to know more!

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A new optic fiber, made from cellulose

At our project we are using cellulose to try to reduce e-waste by developing electronics printed on paper rather than plastic. But this flexible material has plenty of novel uses. Our partners at VTT have just engineered an optic fiber, made from cellulose. While it’s still being refined, the first results are really promising. Discover more on Gizmodo!

Wood optic fibre

Wood optic fibre | VTT

Checking for Lyme disease with a paper sensor

Testing for diseases using paper strips is a really smart way to diagnose: they are easy to use, cheap and disposable. Patients and doctors use them for pregnancy tests and environmental monitoring. We are developing diagnostics for bacterial and virical infections. And this team at the University of California has just developed a blood test that diagnoses Lyme disease at early stages.

A capacitor made of paper

Solar panels, windmills, even tiny batteries with bacteria… Technology is coming up with ingenious ways to integrate renewable energy sources into portable devices. However, efficient energy storage remains a challenge. A team of US and China researchers has come up with a method of turning paper into a supercapacitor that could power wearables.

Breathable on-skin electronics

They can measure temperature, blood pressure and many other things, but on-skin electronics usually do not let the skin breathe. This new approach could change this. It has been developed by engineers at the University of Missouri and, although the technology is currently wired, they hope to develop a wireless version in two years time.