Biodegradable Semiconductors Could Dissolve in the Body

Biodegradable Semiconductors Could Dissolve in the Body
Stretchable, biodegradable semiconductors that degrade harmlessly over time could lead to dissolving medical implants and other novel electronic devices.

Developed by a team from Stanford University, the skin-inspired semiconductors are made from a new polymer created by mixing a rubbery organic polymer with a semiconducting one. The combined polymers self-assembled to an elastic, conductive material that can be cut into thin films able to stretch twice their length without damage. The non-toxic material will also degrade after about ten days in a weak acid, though the researchers say the process would take longer in the human body.

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