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Flexible phone in reach with Aussie device

A device invented by Australian engineers is anticipated to take tech giants closer to making a bendable phone.

Australian engineers have invented a tiny device they say will take tech giants a step closer to making a bendable phone and cut down on waste caused by discarded electronics.

The Australian National University team has created an ultra-thin semiconductor, an electricity-to-light conversion component, using a combination of carbon, hydrogen and inorganic materials.

"(It is) thin and flexible enough for future technologies, such as bendable mobile phones and display screens," Associate Professor Larry Lu said.

The device was grown molecule by molecule, in a similar way to 3D printing through a process called chemical vapour deposition, and while it is only in its early stages researchers want to work with industry to take it further.

"We have the potential with this semiconductor to make mobile phones as powerful as today's supercomputers," ANU PhD researcher Ankur Sharma said.

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