University of Illinois researchers have grown heat-triggered self-destructing electronic devices, a step toward severely shortening electronic rubbish and boosting sustainability in device manufacturing. They also grown a radio-controlled trigger that could remotely activate self-destruction on demand. The researchers can control how quick a device degrades by tuning a density of a wax, a thoroughness of a acid, and a temperature. They can pattern a device to self-destruct within 20 seconds to a integrate of mins after feverishness is applied.
The researchers, led by aerospace engineering highbrow Scott R. White, published their work in a biography Advanced Materials.