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Researchers built biocompatible and biodegradable electronic circuits

Tinuku ~ Stanford University researchers in California extricate ultra-thin and soluble electronics in the body. A series of non-toxic electronic components allows a wide potential in application for medical and other purposes. The team used semi-conductive polymers, flat and flexible electronic circuits, and the biodegradable substrate material to install these electrical components into it and dissolve after use.

Tinuku Researchers built biocompatible and biodegradable electronic circuits

The researchers led by Professor of Chemical Engineering Zhenan Bao built a truly flexible and biocompatible electronic device. The ultra-thin, lightweight and low-cost substrate films enable a component to be mounted on a rugged and smooth surface elegantly for a variety of electronic applications in a large-scale environment.

Electronic devices are installed and no longer useful will break down into non-toxic components and harmless to human body and environment. Cellulose substrate enables futuristic electronics to be installed inside and outside body tissues.

The findings reported in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences mimic human skin properties such as stretch and the first in the world really biocompatible and biodegradable. The new device will fill the performance demands and memory usage without generating waste. Researchers built biocompatible and biodegradable electronic circuits

"Today, consumer electronics are usually made from non-decomposible, non-biocompatible, and sometimes even toxic materials that cause serious ecological challenges around the world," said Zhenan Bao et al.

The researchers significantly advance the organic material to enable eco-friendly and bio-integrated electronic applications. The main drawback of this polymer design is its relatively low electrical performance compared to traditional silicon-based electronics.

The team is currently working to improve the performance of this polymer further which includes scalable fabrication of electronic equipment that can be degraded and expanded. Polymers have a variety of applications, such as chemical, biological and electronic sensors that are even more complicated.


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