Graphene ‘electronic skin’ could harness solar power to return sense of touch to amputees

Engineers at the University of Glasgow have utilised graphene to develop a solar-powered 'synthetic skin' that could be used to create advanced prosthetic limbs for amputees. The Bendable Electronics and Sensing Technologies (BEST) group, led by Dr Ravinder Dahiya, believe their breakthrough could see 2D material graphene's physical properties utilised to harvest energy from the sun to power the skin and return the feeling of touch to amputees. Their work was supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), and Dr Dahiya is also the recipient of an EPSRC Engineering Fellowship for Growth. It has generated global interest, with media organisations across the planet publishing articles.