25th anniversary article: Materials for high-performance biodegradable semiconductor devices

Suk Won Hwang, Gayoung Park, Huanyu Cheng, Jun Kyul Song, Seung Kyun Kang, Lan Yin, Jae Hwan Kim, Fiorenzo G. Omenetto, Yonggang Huang, Kyung Mi Lee, John A. Rogers

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We review recent progress in a class of silicon-based electronics that is capable of complete, controlled dissolution when immersed in water or bio-fluids. This type of technology, referred to in a broader sense as transient electronics, has potential applications in resorbable biomedical devices, eco-friendly electronics, environmental sensors, secure hardware systems and others. New results reported here include studies of the kinetics of hydrolysis of nanomembranes of single crystalline silicon in bio-fluids and aqueous solutions at various pH levels and temperatures. Evaluations of toxicity using live animal models and test coupons of transient electronic materials provide some evidence of their biocompatibility, thereby suggesting potential for use in bioresorbable electronic implants.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1992-2000
Number of pages9
JournalAdvanced Materials
Issue number13
StatePublished - Apr 2 2014



  • biocompatible
  • biodegradable
  • bioresorbable
  • biosensors
  • transient electronics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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Hwang, S. W., Park, G., Cheng, H., Song, J. K., Kang, S. K., Yin, L., Kim, J. H., Omenetto, F. G., Huang, Y., Lee, K. M., & Rogers, J. A. (2014). 25th anniversary article: Materials for high-performance biodegradable semiconductor devices. Advanced Materials, 26(13), 1992-2000. https://doi.org/10.1002/adma.201304821