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Disappearing Act


September 27, 2012

image of a circuit dissolving in water An interdisciplinary team including Northwestern University researchers is the first to demonstrate "transient electronics"--electronics that gradually disappear on a specified schedule, whether a few days or six months. A magnesium oxide encapsulation layer and silk overcoat envelops the electronics, and the thickness determines how long the system will take to disappear into its environment. Full Story

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