Biodegradable Electronics

  • Scientists at the University of Stanford have developed a new ultra thin, flexible electronic device that is biodegradable, an advance that may help tackle the problem of mounting electronic waste.
  • “We have been trying to mimic the function of human skin to think about how to develop future electronic devices,” said Zhenan Bao from Stanford University.
  • She notes how skin is stretchable, can self-heal and is also biodegradable — an attractive list of characteristics for electronics.
  • The team created a flexible electronic device that can easily degrade just by adding a weak acid like vinegar.
  • “This is the first example of a semiconductive polymer that can decompose.

Source: The Hindu

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