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Researchers Develop Dissolving Electronic Devices

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign researchers have developed a new category of dissolving electronic devices. They say the small, biocompatible transient-electronics devices are designed to be used and then “disappear in a controlled and programmable way.” They could be used in various applications. This includes cellular telephones that could, when no longer suitable for an upgrade, stop working and start breaking down; temporary infection-fighting medical implants; or water-quality monitoring sensors. The researchers place devices’ electronics inside a material similar to that found in dissolvable medical sutures, using conventional manufacturing processes. They presented their work at this week’s 245th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society in New Orleans. (EurekAlert)(American Chemical Society @ EurekAlert)

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