Dry Transient Electronic Systems by Use of Materials that Sublime

Bong Hoon Kim, Jae Hwan Kim, Luana Persano, Suk Won Hwang, Seungmin Lee, Jungyup Lee, Yongjoon Yu, Yongseon Kang, Sang M. Won, Jahyun Koo, Youn Kyoung Cho, Gyum Hur, Anthony Banks, Jun Kyul Song, Phillip Won, Young Min Song, Kyung In Jang, Daeshik Kang, Chi Hwan Lee, Dario PisignanoJohn A. Rogers

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The recent emergence of materials for electronic systems that are capable of programmable self-destruction and/or bio/eco-resorption creates the potential for important classes of devices that cannot be easily addressed using conventional technologies, ranging from temporary biomedical implants to enviromentally benign environmental monitors to hardware secure data systems. Although most previous demonstrations rely on wet chemistry to initiate transient processes of degradation/decomposition, options in “dry transient electronic systems” could expand the range of possible uses. The work presented here introduces materials and composite systems in which sublimation under ambient conditions leads to mechanical fragmentation and disintegration of active devices upon disappearance of a supporting substrate, encapsulation layer, interlayer dielectric and/or gate dielectric. Examples span arrays of transistors based on silicon nanomembranes with specialized device designs to solar cells adapted from commercial components.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1606008
JournalAdvanced Functional Materials
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Mar 24


  • disintegration
  • green electronics
  • sublimation
  • transient electronics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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