Kharagpur: In the era of technology, research is the prominent part to maintain its miracle on everyday life and so as the team of IIT-K has been committed to it. If we can imagine that wearable electronic devices can be built with unique properties of silk, probably we are right.

Institute of Technology – Kharagpur has fashioned a hybrid material based on silk protein called silk fibroin to go an inch closer to indigenously built wearables. This impenetrable material can be helpful to certain extent for Army Personnel as smart electronic devices and for biomedical applications. This novel material has the potential to spawn prototype textile-based parameters to comprise smart technology of current era.

“We have designed a hybrid photodetector using zinc oxide nanostructures on gold-nanoparticle-embedded silk protein for applications that combine electronics and light,” Samit K. Ray, currently officiating as the Director of S.N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, Kolkata (on lien)

95% of market products deploy semiconductor in electronics and computing systems, this invention used the zinc oxide instead. Regular silicon cheap may be breakable but when zinc oxide team-up with it, it gets flexible and can withstand mechanical stress and bending.

Moreover, the zinc oxide, under mechanical stress, generates electrical energy. This means these devices can be powered by the energy generated when a soldier is moving about in highly delicate areas.

Not only this, in some locations where there is scarcity of power, one can produce battery power by their movement. Hybrid material used in it can store data and detect light, both in the ultraviolet and visible wavelength range. This could lead to getting better surrounding movements and scope of detection gets higher than usual or current technology.