Transient electronics are biodegradable and could be used as biomedical implants effectively dissolving inside your body

01/15/2015 - 00:00

  By <a href="">Lisa Zyga</a> -<br><br>Researchers working in a materials science lab are literally watching their work disappear before their eyes—but intentionally so. They're developing water-soluble integrated circuits that dissolve in water or biofluids in months, weeks, or even a few days. This technology, called transient electronics, could have applications for biomedical implants, zero-waste sensors, and many other semiconductor devices.<br><br>The researchers, led by John A. Rogers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Fiorenzo Omenetto at Tufts University, have published a study in a recent issue of Applied Physics Letters in which they analyzed the performance and dissolution times of various semiconductor materials.<br><br><a href="">READ MORE ON PHYS.ORG</a><br><br>Ref: Lan Yin, et al. "Materials and fabrication sequences for water soluble silicon integrated circuits at the 90 nm node." Applied Physics Letters. DOI: <a href="">10.1063/1.4905321</a>