28 Sep '12, 4pm

Biodegradable Electronics Could Lessen Environmental Impact of Digital Devices

28 Sep 2012: Biodegradable Electronics Could Lessen Environmental Impact of Devices A team of U.S. scientists says it has developed a class of biodegradable electronics technology that could be utilized for a wide range of products — from consumer devices to medical implants — and that University of Illinois and Tufts University An integrated circuit dissolves in water. ultimately would dissolve completely , leaving no environmental impacts. Drawing on techniques that enable the production of systems using ultrathin sheets of silicon that dissolve in liquids, the so-called “transient electronics” technology has been used experimentally to make transistors, diodes, temperature sensors, and solar cells that degrade completely in even tiny amounts of water, the researchers say. The devices are encapsulated in silk, enabling manufacturers to alter the rate of dissolution based...

Full article: http://e360.yale.edu/digest/biodegradable_electronics_cou...

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