Integrating 2D nanomaterials and 3D printing enhances terahertz detection technology
The terahertz band of the electromagnetic spectrum is the last largely unexploited region. Located between the microwave and infrared wavelengths, terahertz waves are non-ionising, can penetrate many opaque materials, and can also stimulate molecular and electronic motion. These properties make them useful in areas such as detecting explosives or weapons, screening for cancer, and sensing a variety of biological and chemical components non-invasively and harmlessly. Until now, their commercial application has been hindered by technical challenges limiting performance and size. With the support of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions programme, the 3D-AM-TERA project is integrating exciting 2D nanomaterials and ultramodern 3D printing to overcome barriers to widespread uptake.