New biodegradable semiconductor could make e-waste a thing of the past

50 million tons of electronic waste are expected to be trashed this year, according to a United Nations Environment Program report. A Stanford University team was concerned over the escalating epidemic of e-waste, so they created a semiconductor – a component of just about all of our electronics – that can actually be broken down simply with a weak acid such as vinegar. Postdoctoral fellow Ting Lei said it’s the very first example ever of “a semiconductive polymer that can decompose.”

from Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingInhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building http://inhabitat.com/new-biodegradable-semiconductor-could-make-e-waste-a-thing-of-the-past
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