An academic has revealed how he and his team are developing electronic devices that are able to integrate with body organs.
John Rogers, professor of materials science at the University of Illinois, explained that the flexibility of items was vastly improved by replacing brittle silicon wafers with other materials such as PET, reports the Daily Illini.
He remarked to the publication: "We later found that we could not only achieve flexible electronics (e.g. like a sheet of plastic), but also fully stretchable systems (e.g. like a rubber band)."
Professor Rogers noted that flexible substrates and circuits mean that devices are able to conform to curved tissue surfaces in the body, which could allow for monitoring of biological activity in areas such as the brain and heart.
In his view, the next goal is to develop bioresorbable electronics that could exist freely in the human body, since some materials currently used produce negative reactions.
This week, the National Physical Laboratory suggested that future electronic devices could use Graphine in place of semiconductor chips.