Biotic design for stretchable, flexible, environmentally friendly, and biodegradable electronics

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Biotic design for stretchable, flexible, environmentally friendly, and biodegradable electronics

Project description

With the usage of electronic equipment on the rise, the amount of electronic waste generated each day is equally growing enormously around the globe and their disposal is a serious problem. At the same time, electronics, and especially flexible and biodegradable electronics are more and more being integrated for example into medical devices, fashion items, wellness trackers and other portable devices. Many natural plant leaves are stretchable and flexible because of their unique surface features. This project aims at fabrication of biodegradable, environmentally friendly stretchable and flexible electronic devices using unique features present in the plant leaves as an inspiration. The research will be conducted at Tampere University where, we will use nanofabrication techniques and biodegradable polymers along with principles from nature to create highly stretchable electronic skins, which leave no electronic waste and can be utilized in health monitoring systems and other household electronic items.
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Starting year

2021

Granted funding

Vipul Sharma
255 400 €

Funder

Kone Foundation

Funding instrument

Research grant

Call

Apurahahaku

Other information

Funding decision number

Koneen Säätiö_202012035

Themes

Bioinspiration and biomimetics, Sustainability, Sustainable Science, Environmental Science

Keywords

Bioinspiration, Biodegradability, Carbon neutral, Electronic waste