A physically transient form of silicon electronics

Suk Won Hwang, Hu Tao, Dae Hyeong Kim, Huanyu Cheng, Jun Kyul Song, Elliott Rill, Mark A. Brenckle, Bruce Panilaitis, Sang Min Won, Yun Soung Kim, Young Min Song, Ki Jun Yu, Abid Ameen Ameen, Rui Li, Yewang Su, Miaomiao Yang, David L. Kaplan, Mitchell R. Zakin, Marvin J. Slepian, Yonggang HuangFiorenzo G. Omenetto, John A. Rogers

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A remarkable feature of modern silicon electronics is its ability to remain physically invariant, almost indefinitely for practical purposes. Although this characteristic is a hallmark of applications of integrated circuits that exist today, there might be opportunities for systems that offer the opposite behavior, such as implantable devices that function for medically useful time frames but then completely disappear via resorption by the body. We report a set of materials, manufacturing schemes, device components, and theoretical design tools for a silicon-based complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) technology that has this type of transient behavior, together with integrated sensors, actuators, power supply systems, and wireless control strategies. An implantable transient device that acts as a programmable nonantibiotic bacteriocide provides a system-level example.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1640-1644
Number of pages5
Issue number6102
StatePublished - Sep 28 2012

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