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Technology ‘paves the way for biodegradable electronics’

A new kind of electronics technology that dissolves in water is paving the way for biodegradable electronics and temporary medical implants.

Researchers in the US have developed a way to make high-performance systems from ultra-thin sheets of silicon and soluble conductors, which could help reduce electronic waste from devices that are frequently replaced such as mobile phones.

The scientists from the University of Illinois, Tufts University and Northwestern University want to develop medical implants that function for a set period of time and then dissolve inside the body, eliminating the need for an operation to remove them.

The team has already built several electronic components including a transistor, a diode, power coils, temperatures and strain sensors, radio oscillators and a 64px digital camera. We believe that the technology will gain lot of importance in coming future.


Source: Science via TheVerge and CrazyEngineers

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