“Bend” And “Flex” No Longer Just Terms For Exercise, They’ll Soon Describe Your Laptop!
Tired of lugging that heavy laptop in your padded backpack? Here’s an idea: When you’re finished using your laptop, just roll it up, fold it, stick it in your back pocket and bolt. That’s the incredible future being created in a UH Cullen College of Engineering laboratory – a flexible, thin-film transistor (TFT) that may one day make your current laptop a dinosaur.
“Think of it as a roll of Saran Wrap or a jelly roll” said Venkat Selvamanickam (Selva), M.D. Anderson Chair Professor of mechanical engineering. Jae-Hyun Ryou, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, added, “You won’t need a big truck to buy a 60-inch television set, if you can just roll it up and take it with you.”
Their work is highlighted in the journal Advanced Electronics Materials in their article “High-Performance Flexible Thin-Film Transistors Based on Single-Crystal-Like Germanium on Glass.”