Self-Healing Circuits Could Lead to Longer-Lasting Electronics

December 21, 2011 · Print This Article

A team of engineers at the University of Illinois have figured out how to create self-healing circuits in electronics and batteries, a discovery that could lead to longer equipment life and prepare a nice dent in the piles of e-waste plaguing the planet.

As electronics have become more complex, one small circuit failure can render a device useless, particularly since it is hard

or often impossible to diagnose where that failure occurred to fix it. Nancy Sottos, an engineer working on the project said:

“In general there’s not much avenue for manual repair. Sometimes you just can’t get to the inside. In a multilayer integrated circuit, there’s no opening it up. Normally you just replace the whole chip. It’s true for a battery too. You can’t […]

[Source] Cynthia

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