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Yueh-Lin “Lynn” Loo, who researches plastic electronics, was one of five young scientists who spoke this month in China at the World Economic Forum’s “Annual Meeting of the New Champions,” otherwise known as Summer Davos.

Plastic electronics is a young and growing field that can potentially change the quality of human life in a wide range of ways, according to Loo.

Says Loo: “Imagine electronic wallpaper that changes patterns from green stripes to pink polka dots at a click of a switch.”

“Imagine tinted windows that can also generate power during the day. Imagine disposable sensors that would change color if the water source is contaminated, or yet, think of smart plastic patches that can monitor your health and deliver medication when you’re sick. The possibilities are endless.”

Photo courtesy Philip Chew