Scientists reveal that they are capable of creating LEDs into paper thin or fabric sizes. Researchers from Linköping University, Sweden, published their work in Rapid Research Letters that suggesting that they can grow white LEDs directly onto the surface of paper in very thin layers.
If this happens, it could mean that we could see LED lighting being built into wallpapers, or sewn on fabric. The technique was possible using nanorods of zinc oxide, deposited onto a thin layer of polydiethylflourene, a conducting polymer. Magnus Willander, one of the researchers, explains:
"This is the first time anyone has been able to build electronic and photonic inorganic semiconducting components directly on paper using chemical methods."
Patents are currently pending on the research, but there's a lot of ways these things can be applied. Think about your home lighting. Your walls are your lights. That would be nice. [Science Daily]