Printing nanomaterials with plasma on flexible surfaces and 3D objects surfaces-and-3d-objects

Researchers at NASA Ames and Stanford Linear Accelerator Center have developed a new method that uses plasma to print nanomaterials onto a 3-D object or flexible surface, such as paper or cloth.The technique could make it easier and cheaper to build devices like wearable chemical and biological sensors, integrated circuits, and flexible memory devices and batteries.Some nanomaterials can be printed currently using aerosol printing techniques, but the material must be heated several hundreds of degrees to consolidate into a thin and smooth film. The extra step is impossible for printing on cloth or other materials that can burn, and means higher cost for the materials that can take the heat.