Advanced Materials and Systems for Biodegradable, Transient Electronics

Won Bae Han, Joong Hoon Lee, Jeong Woong Shin, Suk Won Hwang

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Transient electronics refers to an emerging class of advanced technology, defined by an ability to chemically or physically dissolve, disintegrate, and degrade in actively or passively controlled fashions to leave environmentally and physiologically harmless by-products in environments, particularly in bio-fluids or aqueous solutions. The unusual properties that are opposite to operational modes in conventional electronics for a nearly infinite time frame offer unprecedented opportunities in research areas of eco-friendly electronics, temporary biomedical implants, data-secure hardware systems, and others. This review highlights the developments of transient electronics, including materials, manufacturing strategies, electronic components, and transient kinetics, along with various potential applications.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2002211
JournalAdvanced Materials
Issue number51
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Dec 22


  • biocompatible
  • biodegradable materials
  • microfabrication
  • silicon
  • transient electronics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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