Liquid metals propel future electronics | RMIT University


This is a droplet of liquid metal. It’s got all we need to make electronic circuits – a highly-conductive metallic core and a semiconducting oxide skin And it’s completely malleable. Which means we could use it to make fully flexible electronics. Soft circuit systems that act like live cells – moving around and communicating with each other, constantly forming new circuits instead of being stuck in one configuration. This liquid metal droplet is moving on its own. Our researchers put it in water and tweaked the water’s chemistry. They changed the concentrations of acid, base and salt components. And the liquid metal moved and changed shape – all by itself. Using this discovery, they created moving objects, switches and pumps. In other words, self-propelling liquid metals. It’s a breakthrough step on the way to makeshift and floating liquid metal electronics. Remember the T-1000 from Terminator 2? One day, we could use this discovery to make one of those. With better programming. Obviously. Shaping the world rmit.edu.au RMIT Logo AUDIO: Music fades

11 thoughts on “Liquid metals propel future electronics | RMIT University

  1. I've been studying circuits and discovered a fantastic website at Gregs Electro Blog (google it if you're interested)

  2. so for example if they change the processor interface on the motherboard I will not need to change a new one. herself will autoconfigure to adapt to the new processor? it is?

  3. I should say, no robots and no weapons made from this substance. instead only jet engines. and space craft. which once landed and disembarked from original vehicle, reconfigured to launch again to space. none of this terminator stuff please

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