Electronics Dissolve In Water When They’re No Longer Needed

Electronics Dissolve In Water When They’re No Longer Needed
technology

'Transient Electronics' are made of silk and silicon, have many possible applications, and can ‘disappear’ on a pre-set schedule to reduce e-waste.

Emma Hutchings
  • 1 october 2012

Researchers at the University of Illinois, in collaboration with Tufts University and Northwestern University, have developed a new type of biodegradable electronics technology. ‘Transient Electronics‘ are made of ultrathin sheets of silicon, magnesium, silk, and other biocompatible materials. They completely and harmlessly dissolve in water at different rates depending on the structure of the silk, from a couple of minutes to a few years.

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