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Penn scientists demonstrate new method for harvesting energy from light
September 9, 2013
This material is available primarily for archival purposes. Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date; please see current contact information at media contacts.Electronic sutures that monitor surgical incisions for healing and infection. Electronic, shrink wrap-like films that cling to the heart, monitoring and regulating heartbeat and providing medical alerts. Flexible plastic electronic "temporary tattoos" that stick to the skin to monitor hydration in athletes. Researchers have shown a new mechanism for extracting energy from light that could lead to these revolutionary devices and also improve solar power technology.Full Story
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