YouTube video. Researchers also published a paper on their work in the journal Advanced Functional Materials .
Dickey said researchers are currently exploring how to scale up production of the fibers, which can currently be produced at hundreds to thousands of feet per minute, which already is quite fast, he noted.
“We are working on ways to add the metal at similar speeds,” Dickey said. “There are still some challenges for mass production, but in principle, it seems like it should scale.”
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