New project focusing on biodegradable electronics

Academy of Finland grants funding for research on sustainable electronics

Matti Mäntysalo (Tampere University) and Jaakko Leppäniemi (VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd) head a project focusing on biodegradable electronics. The project will make use of plant-based materials, or materials that act as plant-nutrients, to develop high-frequency components and electronic circuits needed in sensor tags capable of wireless communication. Printing technologies used in the project will facilitate material savings. In addition, energy-saving fabrication processes will be developed through the use of low-temperature film deposition methods. The circuits developed on biodegradable substrates will find use in environmental monitoring, for example in agricultural applications.