Carbon nanotube rubber could provide e-skin for robots

August 13, 2008 | Source: Nanowerk News

University of Tokyo researchers have developed a stretchable conductive material that combines the properties of metal and rubber.

The material is made by grinding carbon nanotubes with an ionic liquid and adding it to rubber. It could be made into large rollable sheets and mounted on curved surfaces.

Possible uses include elastic integrated circuits, a sensor skin for robots, a flexible display, biomedical monitoring, and soft interfaces between humans and electronics.