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University of Michigan - Night vision contact lenses made possible using Graphene

DCN Corp® - Night vision contact lenses made possible using Graphene.  Credit - University of MichiganInterestingly University of Michigan (UoMi) researchers have discovered an innovative process, which enables for contact lenses to be transformed into infrared night vision lenses employing a 'super-thin' layer of Graphene.  Presently a prototype has been developed with the research published in Nature Nanotechnology.

In fact it is the first infrared detector capable of being employed on something as thin as a contact lens.  As stated by Zhaohui Zhong an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UoMi - "we can make and design super-thin," - and also - "it can be stacked on a contact lens or integrated with a cell phone."

Since Graphene has been heavily speculated in the public domain - it is already well known that the so called 'wonder material' can be employed to sense the whole of the infrared spectrum.  However, unfortunately, to date it has not been possible to capture enough light to be a feasible medium for infrared detection.  Zhong continues to state - "the challenge for the current generation of Graphene-based detectors is that their sensitivity is typically very poor," - and - "it's a hundred to a thousand times lower than what a commercial device would require."  Essentially by pioneering a new methodology, which detects light employing an electrical signal generated through the light-induced charge in the Graphene - Zhong et al. have successfully overcome such an obstacle.

In concluding, Zhong states - "we envision that people will be able to adopt this same mechanism in other material and device platforms," - and - "if we integrate it with a contact lens or other wearable electronics, it expands your vision.  It provides you another way of interacting with your environment."  Going forward, the application arena anticipated for the Graphene infrared technology will be most likely within the military field, but this is very much dependent on demand.  Plus some promise could be found within consumer technologies. Original article available here

Clearly the above research continues to highlight the scope of innovation possible from the 'wonder material', Graphene.  Therefore, if you and/or your colleagues are interested in making the above research findings reality - please ensure to contact the company as soon as practicably possible.