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    Why can't we make an electronic device that becomes 100% degradable?

    Have a query pertaining to biodegradable substances? wondering why electronic devices are not manufactured from biodegradable substances? Find suggestions from experts for all such questions here.

    Biologically degradable substances are necessary elements so that the world would become pollution free. The intense of finding out 100% degradable components would be a challenge but today nano particles play a major role in all field. In that way those nano particles could rule the world and become degradable in one way or the other. Still they do have lots of disadvantages. But an alternate source is certainly required
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  • Nanotechnology can revolutionize various aspects of human life such as medicine, electronics, energy etc. It will make an immense impact in these fields where it can find a lot of applications. With nanotechnology, we can eliminate all the obstacles related to disposing of the non-degradable materials such as plastic and can create a large number of goods smaller and stronger. The products developed with nanotechnology can be recycled and used again and again. take for instance the paper which needs trees to chopped off to manufacture it. Through nanotechnology, we can manufacture paper again and again from the same paper and hence deforestation can be prevented. With this technology even we can delay the aging process of humans.

    But nanotechnology is very costly at this moment and is still under development and if it comes into a full-fledged technology available to humans in coming future, there will be a lot of disadvantages as well. Many sectors will become useless and people will lose their jobs (in millions). People can weaponize this technology and can start a nuclear war on a mass scale. The existing nuclear weapons will be of no use and the weapons of nanotechnology will cause much larger destruction than classic nuclear bombs. The nano-robots can also be used as weapons and cause mass destruction.

    There great benefits and equally great disadvantages of this technology as everything can be manufactured at a subatomic level. There must stricter laws, ethics, and rules to be followed by all nations to make sure that the harsher effects are kept to a minimum.

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    Dr. V. Shashikanth

  • Yes. By the various discoveries in the field of nanotechnology, it is possible to produce 100% biodegradable electronic components. A lot of work is going on in this field. The science will be revolutionised if this nanotechnology comes into application in full. In all the fields of this science, we are seeing many changes while using this nanotechnological invention. A peculiar observation is when a very high energy material is precipitated as nanoparticles the sensitivity of the product is coming down but power is increasing. This concept is very useful to make insensitive but powerful high energy materials.

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  • It is possible but the implications of use and more importantly misuse is enormous.Imagine having a battery that never runs out for years without needing to recharge, that is possible.

    1.In simple terms, we have matter (neutrons, electrons etc) and now we can potentially produce anti-matter. When matter meets anti-matter, tremendous energy is produced, if this energy is channelized properly we will many applications hence many electronic devices become obsolete and waste generated would be significantly reduced.

    But it is a logistical mountain of a task to produce it and store it. It is estimated that cost around 25 billion US dollars to produce ONE gram of antimatter.

    2.The other way to look at this is to see the major components in an electronic device. It would be plastic, synthetic, metal and rare elements. If we find a way to use organic materials in place of conductors, semiconductors, etc then use it. This is already being done partly in healthcare sector wherein paper, silk and gelatin (the outer cover of our regular medicine capsules) are used for diagnostic and therapeutic delivery systems.

    3.Nanotechnology can be used to reduce electronic waste and also hasten the biodegradability of other conventional components of electronic devices. We all have heard of blood vessels to the heart that are blocked for which a stent is inserted by doctors. Now we have micro-robots that in simple terms are micro-swimmers who swim via the blood vessel and make multiple holes in the block so that blood can pass across the block. There are innovative technologies that would take the huge amount of resources to be able to apply on the large-scale commercial basis.
    So, yes, it is possible, when it comes from the lab to the real world, it would revolutionise the way we work and live.

  • There are many research projects going in the field of nano technology and unconventional materials for solid state devices. It is possible that in future some components or integrated circuits be manufactured with bio degradable substances.

    The hazards of electronic waste are already been highlighted and the industry is looking forward to replace them with greener options.

    There is no clear breakthrough to replace the present ceramics and plastics by organic materials but many research in medical and healthcare industry are taking a lead in this field.

    Knowledge is power.

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