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Simon Fraser University’s Mechatronic System professor Woo Soo Kim and Swiss researchers are developing an eco-friendly, 3D printable solution for producing wireless Internet-of-Things (IoT) sensors. The research team is using a wood-derived cellulose material to replace the plastics and polymeric materials currently used in electronics. The solution could be used and disposed without contaminating the environment. Additionally, 3D printing further enabled them to add or embed functions onto 3D shapes or textiles, creating greater functionality. Their research has been published in the February issue of the journal Advanced Electronic Materials.
"Our eco-friendly 3D printed cellulose sensors can wirelessly transmit data during their life, and then can be disposed without concern of environmental contamination," says team lead Kim, a professor in the School of Mechatronic Systems Engineering at SFU's Surrey campus. The research is being carried out at PowerTech Labs in Surrey, which houses several state-of-the-art 3D printers used to advance the research.
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