Volume 92 Issue 48 | p. 28
Issue Date: December 1, 2014

Electronics That Dissolve In The Body

Materials choices are key to making devices that biodegrade harmlessly
Department: Science & Technology
Keywords: John Rogers, biodegradable, biodegradable electronics, green electronics

Imagine how angry customers would be if their brand-new electronic devices stopped working en masse after just one month—or one week. Such short service life would cause manufacturers’ reputations to tank.

John A. Rogers doesn’t think so. In fact, he’s working to design electronics that break down quickly and do so on cue and in a predetermined way, leaving behind only harmless products. He hopes the strategy will yield new types . . .

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