Degradable electronic device developed in Stanford
A team of researchers at America’s Stanford University has created a flexible electronic device that can easily degrade just by adding a weak acid like vinegar. It could have diverse medical and environmental applications without adding to the global electronic waste.
Over the past years, Stanford professor of chemical engineering Bao Zhenan and her team have been working on the development of future electronic devices which mimic the function of human skin. While skin is stretchable, self-healable and biodegradable, they have achieved the first two and so the biodegradability was the next challenge they wanted to tackle.
The team reported recently in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that they have newly developed a biodegradable electronic device, which is composed of the semiconducting polymer, electronic circuit and the substrate.