Developments in polymer film technology at the University of California - Los Angeles (UCLA) could hold promise for future electronic circuit boards.
Scientists at the academic institution explain that thin-film polymers have proved difficult to create in the past.
But they now have a method that works at room temperature, is relatively simple and is capable of producing polymer films for solar cells, supercapacitors and electronic circuit boards.
Professor Yang Yang of UCLA's Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science says: "Conducting polymers have enormous potential in electronics and, because this technique works with so many substrates, it can be used in a broad spectrum of applications."
Key to the process is to agitate polymer nanofibres in a mixture of water and oil until they form a film that can be applied to a broad range of different surfaces.
UCLA's California NanoSystems Institute is undertaking the project as part of its work to develop commercial innovations by fostering collaboration between academics and industry professionals.