Our friends at the San Diego ACS section are hosting Dr. John A. Rogers with a talk titled “Materials for Electronics That Can Dissolve in Your Body”. The presentation will be October 18th at 7 PM. Click here to register for this fascinating talk!
About the talk:
A remarkable feature of modern integrated circuit technology is its ability to operate in a stable fashion, almost indefinitely, without physical or chemical change. Recently developed classes of electronic materials create an opportunity to engineer the opposite outcome, in the form of ‘transient’ devices that dissolve, disintegrate, degrade or otherwise physically disappear at triggered times or with controlled rates. Water-soluble classes of transient electronic devices serve as the foundations for applications in zero-impact environmental monitors, ‘green’ consumer electronic gadgetry and bio-resorbable medical implants. This talk describes the foundational concepts in materials chemistry and assembly processes for bio/ecoresorbable electronics in a variety of formats and with a range of functions. Wireless stimulators that accelerate neuroregeneration of injured peripheral nerves, pacemakers that minimize risks after cardiac surgeries and sensors that monitor environmental parameters represent some recent device level examples.