MXene: Scientists Develop New Light Material Which Effectively Blocks Electromagnetic Radiation [VIDEO]

First Posted: Sep 12, 2016 04:20 AM EDT

In a major breakthrough, scientists have developed a new material Mxene that has the capacity to block electromagnetic waves coming out mobile phones, televisions and other electronic gadgets and appliances.

A team of researchers from the Drexel University and the Korea Institute of Science & Technology has successfully manufactured a material made out of Mxene which can effectively block electromagnetic waves emission from various electronic gadgets and appliances. It is to be noted that electromagnetic waves not only harmful for human beings but also has damaging effect on other electronic gadgets and devices like cell phones, tablets, laptops and television sets.

Study co-author, Babak Anasori, PhD and a research assistant professor from the A.J. Drexel Nanomaterials Institute, said a thick metal coating made of aluminum or copper is required to protect electronic devices from electromagnetic waves. But, coating everyday devices like mobile phones with the thick material sounds impractical as it will add some weight to the device, reported Science Daily.

During the study, the researchers found that Mxene, which is a class of two-dimensional inorganic compounds made out of titanium and carbon, is very effective in blocking electronic radiation waves. What's good about the newly developed material is that it's only about one nanometer, slightly thinner than a strand of hair. The reason behind Mxene's thinness is its two-dimensional structure and high electrical conductivity, which immediately reflects electromagnetic waves upon contact, reported Nature World News.

It was found that Mxene could block out radiation at 99.999 percent accuracy if its thickness is increased to 8 micrometers. Study lead author Yury Gogotsi said that they are hoping that the thin and light nanomaterial protective coating will be used as shielding material for almost all portable and wearable electronic devices in the coming future. It is to be noted that material also has a small density, high flexibility and requires minimal processing.

The research findings have been published in the journal Science.

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