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Small. 2013 Oct 25;9(20):3398-404. doi: 10.1002/smll.201300146. Epub 2013 Apr 19.

Transient, biocompatible electronics and energy harvesters based on ZnO.

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Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois 61801, USA; Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois 61801, USA; Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois 61801, USA.

Abstract

The combined use of ZnO, Mg, MgO, and silk provides routes to classes of thin-film transistors and mechanical energy harvesters that are soluble in water and biofluids. Experimental and theoretical studies of the operational aspects and dissolution properties of this type of transient electronics technology illustrate its various capabilities. Application opportunities range from resorbable biomedical implants, to environmentally dissolvable sensors, and degradable consumer electronics.

KEYWORDS:

biocompatible electronics; flexible electronics; mechanical energy harvesting; transient electronics; zinc oxide

PMID:
23606533
DOI:
10.1002/smll.201300146
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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