Biodegradable electronics.

I came across a recent article discussing a new grant to Bristol University’s Dr. Jonathan Rossiter on “biodegradable robotic organisms.” The article gives great context for the value of a biodegradable robot, but I was hoping for more technical details. In particular, I’m wondering how the robot’s electronics will biodegrade. Are we talking about alternatives to silicon… or perhaps something beyond silicon?

Biological computation isn’t new, obviously; just look at our own brains. What would it take, though, to produce biodegradable electronics at industrial scales?

Photo “Pink Delphinium Petals Confetti Biodegradable £10.95 per litre The Wedding of my Dreams” by The Wedding of my dreams, on Flickr.

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