Electronics Dissolved by Drops of Liquid

This DARPA video shows how a new class of electronics can safely dissolve into small amounts of liquid.

Transient electronics are electronic systems and components that use ultrathin sheets of silicon and magnesium encapsulated in silk. The thickness and crystallinity of the silk determines how long the electronics take to dissolve.

Silicon and magnesium are naturally occurring at low levels in the human body, and since the amount of material used in these devices is below physiological levels, these electronics are biocompatible and eco-friendly.

DARPA hopes this advance will lead to biodegradable medical treatments for remote patient care that does not require extraction surgery while warfighters are deployed. For more information on DARPA’s work with transient electronics, click here.


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